Born in Qazvin, Malik al-Daylami was a calligrapher at the court of Shah Tahmasp. He originally started as a thuluth and naskh scribe, but became a master in nasta’liq. He first worked for Prince Ibrahim Mirza in Mashhad and was later called by Shah Tahmasp to Qazvin to write the inscriptions of the buildings there and died in August 1562. Malik was responsible for creating Amir Husayn Bayg’s album, now in the Topkapi Palace Library (H2151). His recorded work is dated between 954 AH/1547-48 AD and 968 AH/1560-61 AD (Mehdi Bayani, ahval va athar-e khosh-navisan, vol.3, Tehran, 1348sh, pp.598-609; Minorsky, Calligraphers and Painters, Washington, 1959, pp.141-5).
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