Khorassan

[Region of the Sun ]. A province of Persia, anciently called Ariana.

The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan.
Mokanna, a prophet chief, who, being terribly deformed, wore a veil under pretence of shading the dazzling light of his countenance.

“Terror seized her lest the love-light which encircled him should fade away, and leave him like the veiled prophet of Khorassan, a sinstained thing of clay” —Lady Hardy: A Casual Acquaintance.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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