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The illustrated copy of Shahnama of the late sixteenth century Mughal school was prepared at the library of which of the following Prince/noble?
1. Prince Murad
2. Prince Khurram
3. Khwaja Abdul Majid Asaf Khan
4. Abdul Rahim Khan-i Khanan

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : Abdul Rahim Khan-i Khanan
  • Shahnama is a poem written by Ferdowsi of Persia between 977 CE and 1010 CE.
  • The poem consists of 50,000 couplets which poetically depicts Iran’s creation. 
  • Shahnama is one of the world's largest epic poems written by a single poet and the national epic of Greater Iran.
  • Ferdowsi belonged to the class of dehqans, they were Iranians who used to own lands. They were flourished under the Sassanid dynasty.
  • The famous poet Ferdowsi wrote the world's longest poem "Shahnama" in the Persian language.
  • It tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire.
  • The illustrated copy of Shahnama of the late sixteenth-century Mughal school was prepared at the library for Abdul Rahim Khan-i Khanan.

 About Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan

  • Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan (1556 –1627), popularly known as simply Rahimwas a poet who lived in India during the rule of Mughal emperor Akbar.
  • He was one of the nine important ministers (dewan) in his court, also known as the Navaratnas.
  • Abdul Rahim was the son of Bairam Khan, Akbar's trusted guardian and mentor.
  • Rahim was also a poet par excellence and his poetry and dohas are compared with those by Bhakti poets Surdas, Tulsidas and Kabir.
  • Apart from writing various dohas, Rahim translated Babar's memoirs, Baburnama from Chagatai language to the Persian language.
  • In Sanskrit, he wrote two books on astrology, Khetakautukam and Dwatrimshadyogavali.

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