Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation)

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Arabic made the Language of the State Registers
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[193] Greek remained the language of the state registers1 until the reign of ‘Abd-al-Malik ibn-Marwân, who in the year 81 ordered it changed. The reason was that a Greek clerk desiring to write something and finding no ink urined in the inkstand. Hearing this, ‘Abd-al-Malik punished the man and gave orders to Sulaimân ibn-Sa‘d to change the language of the registers. Sulaimân requested ‘Abd-al-Malik to give him as subsidy the kharâj of the Jordan province for one year. ‘Abd-al-Malik granted his request and assigned him to the governorship of the Jordan.…

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“Arabic made the Language of the State Registers”, in: Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation), General Editor Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhūrī. Consulted online on 09 July 2020

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