Abd al-Hoseyn Khatunabadi

Abd al-Hoseyn Khatunabadi (Persian: عبدالحسین خاتون آبادی; 23 March 1630 – March 1694) was a 17th-century Persian historian of Safavid Iran, who is principally known for his historical chronicle of Vaqa'e' al-senin, referred to as the "most important source from the last decades of Safavid rule."[1][2]

Khatunabadi belonged to a prominent family of sayyid origin, which traced their ancestry back to the Shi'i imam Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin (died 713). Although the family lived in Isfahan, they originally belonged to Qom, where they occupied the office of naqib (head of the sayyid families) in a hereditary fashion. It was Khatunabadi's paternal great-grandfather, Mir Emad al-Din Mohammad (also known as Shahmorad), who had moved to Isfahan in the 16th century, settling in a small village nearby, named Khatunabad.[1]

Khatunabadi received his education in Isfahan, mostly under his father. He later observed the lectures of the pishnamaz (prayer imam) of Isfahan, Molla Reza-qoli (died 1661/62) at the Shah Mosque.[1]

Khatunabadi completed his Vaqa'e' al-senin in 1687/88, which he arranged into three segments.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Ghereghlou 2017.
  2. ^ Babaie 2021, p. 115.


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