ʿUmar Yumgī 2 items

ʿUmar Yumgī is another legendary religious leader (pīr) within the Central Asian Ismāʿīlī tradition who is said to have been one of the chief disciples of Nāṣir-i Khusraw. In some narrative traditions he is described as having been a king of Badakhshan named Malik Jahānshāh at the time of Nāṣir-i Khusraw’s arrival there, who was given the name of ʿUmar Yumgī following his conversion by Nāṣir-i Khusraw. This tradition is represented in a source (BMP008) that is evidently the oldest document in the collection, dated to 830/1426-27. This document supplies ʿUmar Yumgī/ Malik Jahānshāh with a sayyid lineage extending through Imām Muḥammad Bāqir. However, the link with Malik Jahānshāh is not present in all accounts of ʿUmar Yumgī, while other accounts of Malik Jahānshāh make no mention of ʿUmar Yumgī, and so it is possible that this may represent a synthesis of two distinct narrative traditions.