Bahāʾ al-Dīn Mattū
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Bahāʾ al-Dīn Mattū (1180–1248/1766–1832), a poet and Sufi from a family of scholars from Kashmīr. His importance primarily lies in his biographies of Sufis and explanations of Sufi doctrine.

Bahāʾ al-Dīn became attracted to Sufism in his youth. He studied religious sciences under Mullā Maḥmūd Balkhī and then chose teaching as his profession (Rāshidī, 1/136).


His extant poetical works include the following five mathnawīs (rhyming couplets), which were written in the style of Niẓāmī’s Khamsa:

1. Rīshī-nāmah or Rishī-nāmah comprisi…

Cite this page
Afsharian, Marjan and Negahban, Farzin, “Bahāʾ al-Dīn Mattū”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 20 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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