True. Abbasids. “1001 Nights.” Sheherazad. Numerous others. Beautiful architecture. Rife with Byzantine intrigue. The Hashisheen. Library at Merv that Genghis Khan destroyed.
Pre-WWI book, “Ali & Nino” is back in print. Marvelous but sappy. Good description of the period including Georgia.
Farsi is Indo-European, so it has the verb ‘is’ and some related words to English. Written in Arabic letters though.
Oh yes. Hellenic culture. Alexander went through there & back, but got stuck at the Indian elephants. Alexander married a Persian whom his Greek wife killed. Actually, she was Afghan. Killed her in Persia though.
“True. Abbasids. 1001 Nights. Sheherazad.”
The Abbassids were the second Arab-Muslim Caliphs (not Iranians or Persians), who ruled Iran immediately after the first Arab-Muslim rulers of Iran (the Umayyads Arab Caliphs).
“1001 Nights” is, essentially, known as The “Arabian Tale”; it is from the Arab-Muslim Caliphate era in Iran. It is a hotpotch of certain pre-Islamic Persian folklore & literature, combined with the Egyptian, Indian, Mesopotamian ones. It has little to do with the intentions of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh.