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Abū al-Sāj
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Abū al-Sāj, Dīwdād b. Dīwdast (d. Rabīʿ II 266/December 879), was one of the famous emirs, commanders and officials of the ʿAbbāsid administration, and forebear of the Sājid dynasty. Al-Ṭabarī (9/315) recorded his kunya as Abū Jaʿfar.

Abū al-Sāj's name was erroneously recorded in some sources as Dāwūd b. Dūst (Ibn Khallikān, 6/415). According to Henning (pp. 253–254), Abū al-Sāj's father's name was probably Dīwdasht rather than Dīwdast (Ibn Ḥawqal, 2/506: Dāwdasht), and Dīwdasht is another form of Dīwdād, meaning ‘someone whose creator is the divinity’ (cf. Dihkhudā, 8/11447 under dī…

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Khatibi, Abolfazl and Translated by Daryoush Mohammad Poor, “Abū al-Sāj”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0207>
First published online: 2015

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