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Tazkera-ye Tohfe-ye Sāmi is one of the noteworthy Tazkeras (Poets' biographical dictionaries) from the Safavid time. Exercising utmost sincerity and truthfulness, its author, Sām Mirzā, a Safavid prince -- scholar and a talented artist -- has compiled the life stories of 722 poets, both his contemporary as well as some immediately before his time. Truly, this invaluable treasure has not failed to utilize every piece of information, artistic niceties, appropriate principles and techniques in such a way that his Tazkera could be regarded as a panoramic mirror reflecting the literary, cultural, socio-political and economic situation during the Safavid era.
Sām Mirzā's insight into Persian, Arabic and Turkish, his close familiarity with sciences and arts of his time and also his strong relationships with special people both at the royal court and among the populace and his interest in travel and touring provided this cultured prince with an effective incentive to bequeath to us such a memorable work.