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ʿAbd Allāh b. Ṭāhir
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, born 182/798, died 230/844, was a poet, general, statesman, confidant of caliphs and, as governor of Ḵh̲urāsān, almost an independent sovereign. His father, Ṭāhir b. al-Ḥusayn, had founded the powerful Ṭāhirid [q.v.] dynasty which ruled over a territory extending from al-Rayy to the Indian frontier, with its capital at Naysābūr.

In 206/821-2 the caliph al-Maʾmūn appointed ʿAbd Allāh b. Ṭāhir governor of the region between al-Raḳḳa and Egypt and at the same time he was placed in command of the caliph’s troops in the campaign against Naṣr b. S̲h…

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Marin, E., “ʿAbd Allāh b. Ṭāhir”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 27 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0064>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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