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June 07, 2011


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Wonderful tale of the wandering prince. Thanks for sharing this. I love hearing about these figures who travel across multiple cultural worlds.


It was so nice to wake up to a comment from you! I also love stories about handsome "shining princes" who wander across multiple cultural worlds--- Prince Pirooz, Prince Odysseus, Prince Konrad.... :)

And for more on the China connection, this article by Parag Khanna Also, did you ever notice this article about Rummel's work? Rummel became a libertarian for reasons you would appreciate I think, but this Berkeley professor is suggesting other reasons (economic) underlying democide. I thought we could chat about it one of these days....

the sorrow of the past still bring tears to persian hearts, and since we lost our right, it's never been ours again, still the land is in arab hands......for even we transformed to what was our nemesis. still there is greatness in the persian culture, the music, poetry and deep understanding of life.....but it's a dropp compared to the ocean it is derived from, and that once flouted free.....we have been burned and our historic rights have been taken away, and now even we are demonized.........and nobody knows, of the past, of the glory, of the sasans and bahrams......may the soul of all of them find peace in the final rest....virtue of a man is freedom mehrdad parsi

I'm looking for my relatives, the decadents of prince Peroz II of Sassanian Persia who fled to China after the fall of the Sassanian kingdom in the mid 7th century. He became a Tang dynasty general, and his son married a Tang princess and their decadents were the military rulers of Canton in the 9th century AD under the Tang family name (Li).
my great grand mother is princess Shahrbanu the sister of prince Peroz II, she married Al-Hussein ibn Ali (the grand son of prophet Mohammad and the son of Ali ibn Abi Taleb, the 4th caliph and the brother of Al-Hassan ibn Ali, the 5th caliph) Al-Hussein and all of his sons were killed by the Umayyads in the battle of Karbala in Iraq, except for the son of imam Al-Hussein and princess Shahrbanu whose name was Ali zein Al-Abedin. I come from that linage:

Hi Ahmed, It's nice to meet you. This is such a romantic story, isn't it? I have even seen very brief mention of Peroz having made it all the way to Japan, where he was thought to have married a Japanese woman and helped contribute to the Persianification of Nara. There isn't much English information and this blog post was mostly imagined informtion based on very very scanty bits of writing online in English and Japanese. I wish you great luck in tracing your lineage and hope that you will write about it in english someday so I can learn more! All the best!

Peony - your imagination once again brings this ancient world to cultural, spiritual life.

You mention above your desire for further resources in English - so I did some amateur poking around and found this page which does seem to have it's resources lined up quite well:


A long shot I'm sure, but I hope you find it (especially it's resources) fruitful.

Gregg, it is wonderful to hear from you --as always. 嬉しかった、とっても!Wow, I can't believe you came up with this....but no wonder I couldn't find it--as it was written at least six months after my post... because at the time I wrote this, I had searched and searched.. thank you so much for finding it--as you are right, it is rich with sources... 感謝。It is such a romantic story, isn't it?

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