Bībī Shahrbānū
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Bībī Shahrbānū, Mausoleum, a place of pilgrimage on the southern slopes of an eponymous mountain situated along the south-eastern edge of the old town of Rayy. The site is revered by Shiʿis as the tomb of Shahrbānū, daughter of the last Sāsānid king, Yazdgird III (r. 11–30/632–651), who is said by some Shiʿi sources to have been captured by the Arabs and to have become the wife of Imam al-Ḥusayn and mother of ʿAlī Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn, the fourth in the line of Shiʿi imams (al-Qummī, 196; Ibn Bābawayh, 369; for the various accounts, see Boyce, 33–35). Shahrbānū’s name (which means ‘the lady of…

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Alizadeh, Mahbanoo and Zand, Roxane, “Bībī Shahrbānū”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 19 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_000000123>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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