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Aḥmad b. Abī K̲h̲ālid al-Aḥwal
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, secretary to al-Maʾmūn, was of Syrian origin and the son of a secretary of Abū ʿUbayd Allāh. He took advantage of his former connections with the Barmakids to enter the service of al-Faḍl b. Sahl. Indeed the Barmakids were already under an obligation to his father, and he himself had managed to be of service to the disgraced Yaḥyā. Apparently even before the capture of Bag̲h̲dād he went to Ḵh̲urāsān and, as the result of a letter of recommendation which Yaḥyā had given to him before his death, he was placed in charge of several dīwāns at Marw. After the return of the caliph to ʿIrāḳ, pro…

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Sourdel, D., “Aḥmad b. Abī K̲h̲ālid al-Aḥwal”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0392>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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