This paper looks at some historical/literary accounts involving al-Qāsim b. ʿUbayd Allāh (d. 291/904), vizier of al-Muʿtadid. The episodes, taken both from chronicles and from biographical collections, portray al-Qāsim at different points of his life and describe his dealings with his father (the more famous vizier ʿUbayd Allāh b. Sulaymān b. Wahb, d. 288/901), with poets, scholars, religious scholars or the caliph himself. Notwithstanding the variety of situations, it is quite hard to find a positive portrayal of al-Qasim, or an event in which he acts honourably: his “evil” image follows him faithfully regardless of the environment in which he operates. So strong a characterisation, this paper argues, forms a sharp contrast with another one familiar to many: that of al-Qāsim’s yunger contemporary ʿAlī b. ʿĪsā as “the good vizier”. The conclusions offers some hipotheses on the origins of this univocal image and on the reasons for its coherence.

Al-Qasim b 'Ubayd Allah : The vizier as villain: On classical Arabic gossip / L. Osti (ORIENTALIA LOVANIENSIA ANALECTA). - In: 'Abbasid Studies / [a cura di] J.E. Montgomery. - Leuven : Peeters, 2004. - ISBN 9789042914339. - pp. 233-245 (( convegno School-of-Abbasid-Studies Occasional Papers tenutosi a Cambridge nel 2002.

Al-Qasim b 'Ubayd Allah : The vizier as villain: On classical Arabic gossip

L. Osti
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2004

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This paper looks at some historical/literary accounts involving al-Qāsim b. ʿUbayd Allāh (d. 291/904), vizier of al-Muʿtadid. The episodes, taken both from chronicles and from biographical collections, portray al-Qāsim at different points of his life and describe his dealings with his father (the more famous vizier ʿUbayd Allāh b. Sulaymān b. Wahb, d. 288/901), with poets, scholars, religious scholars or the caliph himself. Notwithstanding the variety of situations, it is quite hard to find a positive portrayal of al-Qasim, or an event in which he acts honourably: his “evil” image follows him faithfully regardless of the environment in which he operates. So strong a characterisation, this paper argues, forms a sharp contrast with another one familiar to many: that of al-Qāsim’s yunger contemporary ʿAlī b. ʿĪsā as “the good vizier”. The conclusions offers some hipotheses on the origins of this univocal image and on the reasons for its coherence.
Settore L-OR/12 - Lingua e Letteratura Araba
Settore L-OR/10 - Storia dei Paesi Islamici
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