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Mozafarian / Muzhaffar - 1335-1387

During the period between the death of Abu-Sa'id, in 1335, and the rise of Timur, Fars was governed by petty rulers of the family of a chief named Mubarizu'd-Dln Muhammad, They were called Muzhaffars, and reigned at Shiraz for about 50 years, when Shah Mansur, with all his family, was put to death by the conqueror Timur, 1387 AD.

The dynasty of the Muzhaffars is rendered famous from the great poet Hafizh having flourished in its time. In his youth he was devoted to pleasure, and was passionately in love with a beautiful maiden named Shakhi-Nabat, 'Branch of a Sugar-cane.' A prince of the house of the MuzhafFars was his rival. There was a place near Shiraz called Piri-sebz, where, it was said, a youth would infallibly become a great poet if he passed forty nights there without sleeping. HMzh passed the necessary time of probation there; and, returning by the house of his love, a lattice was thrown open, and the fair one appeared at it, declaring that she preferred a poet to a prince.

The enormous empire of universal conquest was rapidly falling to pieces ; and the numerous kingdoms formed by the energetic sons and grandsons of Jengiz-KMn1 were for the most part in a state of helpless anarchy, under the nominal sway of their degenerate descendants. The last great wave of those devastating floods of conquest which, for centuries, had periodically burst forth from the wilds of central Asia, to spread terror and desolation over the Eastern world, was rapidly subsiding. The most contemptible puppet descendants of the mighty Jenglz-Khan sat on the thrones of Persia, Samarkand, and China; while their former vassals were beginning to assert their independence in every direction.

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