Sassanid Princess Dara Izdadwar

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About Sassanid Princess Dara Izdadwar

Genealogical Chart

Izdundar's husband, Bustanai (d. 660/5) was the first Jewish Exilarch to be recognized by Arab rule. His birth and much of his life is surrounded by legend. Izdundwar, the daughter of the King of Persia, was Bustanai's second wife.

His first wife, Adoa, a Davidic Jewish princess (relative), had two sons: Hisdai I & Baradai;

Her father, Yazdgerd III (also spelled Yazdegerd or Yazdiger, Persian: یزدگرد سوم, "made by God"), was the twenty-ninth and last king of the Sassanid dynasty of Iran and a grandson of Khosrau II (590–628).

His father was Shahryar whose mother was Miriam, the daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Maurice.

The Bahai religious leader Bahá'u'lláh's ancestry can be traced back to Yazdgerd III.

Bustani 2nd wife, Dara or Azdadwar Izdundad or Izdadwar daughter of Zamaspdukht and King Yazdeger /Shahrijar III of Persia.

Persian princess given by Omar/Caliph Ali (?) as a slave to Bustenai. He proceeded to free her and to marry her after she converted to Judaism

The Parthi princess, had three sons: (a) Hisdai II , (b) Nehemiah , and (c) Haninai [Hananiah], who was "exilarch" of Sura 689-694.

Bustanai (d. 660/5) was the first Exilarch to be recognized by Arab rule.

As a token of appreciation, Caliph Ali gave him the daughter of the Persian king Yazdeger (Yazadagird III of Parthia ) for a slave. Eventually Bustanai married her, as his 2nd wife,

She gave birth to three sons: (a) Hisdai II , (b) Nehemiah , and (c) Haninai [Hananiah], who was "exilarch" of Sura 689-694.

Izdudad was also called Dara, and also Izdadwar.

Izdundad, Princess of Iran, married Exilarch Bustanai ben Haninai beni David, son of Exilarch Haninai I ben Hofnai beni David in 657.

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from Compiler: R. B. Stewart, Evans, GA

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According to one account, the Caliph Omar (father-in-law of Muhammad) confirmed Bustanai as Exilarch of the Jews after the Arabian conquest of Persia, and gave Bustanai the daughter of Chosroes II as his wife, while Omar married her sister. But according to another account, given in Abraham ibn Daud's, Seder ha-Kabbalah (12th century), the Caliph was Muhammad's son-in-law Ali and the father of Bustanai's Persian wife was Yezdagird III.

- Justin Swanstrom, 12/31/2010