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) and probably date to the 11th century; the even smaller corpus of Christian NP texts are mostly from Central Asia (Bulayıq), from about the same time.Both varieties, typically, come from borderlands of (historical) Iran, where religious minorities could thrive longer than in the Islamicized heartlands of Iran.The linguistic difference between the 7th-century Middle Persian (MP) and 10th-century Early New Persian (ENP) is certainly smaller, in many ways, than the one between 10th century ENP and 21st-century modern New Persian (NP).

Following this definition, ENP would span the stages of New Persian from its beginning, the 8th century, to approximately the early 13th century.The “default” variety of ENP, written by Muslim Iranians in Arabic script, is only one variety of the language.Other varieties are documented more weakly by far in terms of quantity, but contribute a lot to our understanding of the evolution of New Persian.Each text of each variety of ENP betrays dialectal features from the region where it was found or written, or from where the author originated.The date of many of the Jewish, Manichean, Christian, and Zoroastrian NP texts is not exactly known; some of them may even postdate the 12th century, but due to the remoteness of their speakers from the development of mainstream (Muslim) Persian, they preserved linguistic features that had disappeared from the latter. The linguistic “value” that can be attributed to the various ENP texts and varieties depends, not only on the time when and the region where these texts were composed, but also on their transmission.

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