Nobakht Ahvazi (Persian: نوبخت اهوازى, (or Naubakht Ahvaz) also transliterated 'Naubakht') and his sons were astrologers from Ahvaz (in the present-day Khuzestan Province of Iran).

Nobakht was particularly famous for having led a group of astrologers who picked an auspicious electional chart for the founding of Baghdad. His family also helped design the city. Originally Zoroastrians,[1] Nobakht and his sons converted to Islam and were employed as Pahlavi translators of the Abbasid court.


  1. ^ Islam's Contribution to Science By Husain Muzzafar, S. Muzaffar Husain, pg. 31
  • The Golden Age of Persia, by Richard Nelson Frye, p. 163.
  • Khandan-i Naubakhti, by Abbas Iqbal, Tehran, 1933, pp 2–3 & 13.
  • Islamic Science and Engineering, by Donald Hill, p. 10.

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