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Ibn al-Māshiṭa
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Abū l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. al-Ḥasan Ibn al-Māshiṭa (d. after 311/923) was an ʿAbbāsid bureaucrat and author. Nothing is known of his origins other than his nickname (“son of the hairdresser”) which, however, seems to have been an insult rather than a reference to his family (Ibn al-Nadīm). He had a long career as an accountant in charge of wages (this seems the most probable meaning of al-Tanūkhī’s kāna yataqalladu… al-ʿamālāt, although the reference does not seem to be a separate sub-bureau in the administrative manuals). Already at an advanced age, he was appointed head of the state treasury (dīw…

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Osti, Letizia, “Ibn al-Māshiṭa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 22 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_32152>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4

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