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Ismail Samani
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    ( -November 907)
    Born in Khorasan (modern-day Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan)
    Amir (King) of Khorasan (then part of Samanid Empire) (892-907)
    His birthday is unknown.
    He quarreled with his brother over a tax dispute after he was dispatched in Bukhara.
    When he went to Bukhara to restore order, the residents welcomed him with open arms because they knew that he could bring stability.
    After he won the struggle with his brother, he let him remain ruler of Khorasan until his death.
    He expanded his kingdom’s territory.
    He turned Bukhara into the center of Iranian civilization.
    He kept his kingdom safe and sound from the Turks.
    He was a fair and sensible ruler who eased taxes in his kingdom.
    The currency of Tajikistan and the country’s highest mountain are named after him.

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