al-Faḍl b. Sahl b. Zad̲h̲ānfarūk̲h̲
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, vizier to the ʿAbbāsid caliph al-Maʾmūn, had originally been in the service of the Barāmika [q.v.]. His father, of Iranian origin and Zoroastrian by religion, had been converted to Islam and had entrusted the Barāmika with his two sons, al-Faḍl and al-Ḥasan [q.v.]. Al-Faḍl, who immediately attracted attention on account of his intelligence, was taken into the service of D̲j̲aʿfar al-Barmakī, then tutor to prince al-Maʾmūn, and took over this position from him after the fall of the Barāmika; it was in the presence of al-Maʾmūn that he i…

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Sourdel, D., “al-Faḍl b. Sahl b. Zad̲h̲ānfarūk̲h̲”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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