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Abū al-Wazīr
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Abū al-Wazīr, ʿUmar b. Muṭarrif b. Muḥammad al-ʿAbdī (d. 188/804), was a man of letters, a genealogist (nassāba), and also the secretary to several of the early ʿAbbāsid caliphs. Al-Ṣābiʾ called him ‘Abū al-Wazīr b. Hānī’, possibly because of the name of one of his forefathers (p. 28). The title ‘al-ʿAbdī’ indicates that he was a mawlā of the Banū ʿAbd al-Qays tribe (Abū al-Faraj, 3/46; Yāqūt, 16/72). His father, Muṭarrif, was a scribe from Marw (al-Jahshiyārī, 227) and entered the service of the ʿAbbāsid al-Mahdī, al-Manṣūr's heir-apparent, when he …

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Ahmad Pakatchi and Translated by Rahim Gholami, “Abū al-Wazīr”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0232>
First published online: 2015

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