A Political Biography of al-Sāhib Ismā'īl b. 'Abbād (d. 385/995)

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In the medieval Islamic world, eloquent expression was an important skill for statesmen to acquire, such that many of the leading viziers were often prominent belletrists. Among the most well known of these literary figures was the Būyid vizier Ibn 'Abbād (d. 385/995). Drawing from a wide range of historical and literary sources, this article compiles and corroborates the many accounts relating to Ibn 'Abbād’s political career, beginning with his family background and early education as a scribe, to his experiences in the Būyid courts of Baghdad, Isfahān, and Rayy and his two decades as vizier to the Būyids Mu'ayyid al-Dawla (d. 373/983) and Fakhr al-Dawla (d. 387/997) in western Iran.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of the American Oriental Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • General Arts and Humanities


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