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official of the Buyids and writer in Arabic of the 4th/10th century.

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Volume I, Fascicle 3, pp. 324

ABU’L-ḤOSAYN AḤMAD B. SAʿD KĀTEB, official of the Buyids and writer in Arabic of the 4th/10th century. Little is known of him beyond what Yāqūt records in his biographical notice. He apparently came from Fārs; in 323/935 he was appointed head of the finances of the province of Isfahan by the Buyid amir ʿEmād-al-dawla, who had in the previous year taken over Fārs from the governor of the caliph Qāher. Abu’l-Ḥosayn only held this office for a year; and after 324/936 Yāqūt has nothing more to mention of him. He does speak of Abu’l-Ḥosayn’s contemporary fame as a prose stylist and composer of official correspondence (rasāʾel) and also of his work as an author; his compositions included two collections of rasāʾel, a Ketāb al-ḥely wa’l-ṯīāb, a book on logic, and a collection of satires. He was also a poet; and Yāqūt cites, among various verses of his, some addressed to the vizier Ebn al-ʿAmīd.


Yāqūt, Odabāʾ I, pp. 129-33.

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C. Edmund Bosworth, “ABU'L-ḤOSAYN KĀTEB”, in: Encyclopaedia Iranica Online, © Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2330-4804_EIRO_COM_4607>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 19831215

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