Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation)

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Arabic Made the Language of the Register
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[300c] Al-Madâ’ini ‘Ali ibn-Muḥammad ibn-abi-Saif from his sheikhs:—Persian was the language of the register of the kharâj of as-Sawâd and the rest of al-‘Irâḳ. When al-Ḥajjâj became ruler of al-‘Irâḳ he chose Zâdân Farrûkh ibn-Yabra for secretary, and the latter was assisted by Ṣâliḥ ibn-‘Abd-ar-Raḥmân, a freedman of the banu-Tamîm, who knew both Arabic and Persian. Ṣâliḥ’s father was one of the captives of Sijistân. Through Zâdân Farrûkh, Ṣâliḥ was acquainted with al-Ḥajjâj, who found him acceptabl…

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“Arabic Made the Language of the Register”, in: Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation), General Editor Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhūrī. Consulted online on 22 October 2019



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