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Abū al-ʿAbbās al-Isfarāyinī
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Abū al-ʿAbbās al-Isfarāyinī, Faḍl b. Aḥmad (d. 404/1013), was a state administrator and secretary in the Sāmānid period and then the first vizier of Sulṭān Maḥmūd Ghaznawī. The most important and earliest source available on al-Isfarāyinī's life is the Taʾrīkh al-Yamīnī, composed by the contemporaneous historian al-ʿUtbī. There is no information on the early part of his life. Initially, it seems he held a secretarial position in the office of Fāʾiq Khāṣṣa (d. 398/1008), a famous Sāmānid commander (al-ʿUtbī, 2/156; Munshī Kirmānī, 39).…

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Khatibi, Abolfazl and Cooper, John, “Abū al-ʿAbbās al-Isfarāyinī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 978-90-04-16860-2, 20080710, 978-90-04-17859-5, 20091123, 9789004191655, 20110912

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