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Basid is a village located in the Bartang valley in the Rushon region of Badakhshan, Tajikistan. The village is known for having the largest shrine in the valley, dedicated to a figure named Khwājah Nūr al-Dīn (Khoja Nuriddin). Local traditions hold that he came to Badakhshan from Iran, that he had the ability to transform into a bird and fly through the air, and that he defeated a dragon that was terrorizing the people of Basid (Gornenskiĭ 92-94; Zarubin 139-41). He is also said to have a disciple and companion by the name of Khwājah ʿArab Khurāsānī, whose genealogy is also recorded in a document posted at the shrine in Basid. The genealogies of both Khwājah Nūr al-Dīn and Khwājah ʿArab Khurāsānī are traced through the figure of Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥanafiyya, a son of ʿAli. The figure of Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥanafiyya appears in a wide range of genealogical and narrative traditions throughout Central Asia, often in connection with narratives of Islamization such as those associated with Khwājah Nūr al-Dīn (DeWeese and Muminov 274-83).