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The Names of Estates in State Registers before and after the Arabization of the Dīwāns

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This chapter sheds light on how exactly the bureaucrats of the financial bureaus wrote down the names of the estates in the financial registers of the government before the Arabization of the dīwāns and how they changed those names after this Arabization. It begins by highlighting some characteristics of al-Balādhurīs Futūḥ, then identifying the specific features of the section on Baṣra within the Futūḥ. The chapter identifies al-Qaḥdhamī, the chronicler who provided the information on Baṣras estates, as well as his sources. Finally, it analyzes this information with a view at uncovering its potential for providing evidence for the change in the names of estates in Baṣra from their form before the Arabization of its state registers to their form after that Arabization. Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Walīd ibn Hishām al- Qaḥdhamī was a Baṣran about whom little is known.

Keywords: al-Balādhurīs Futūḥ; al-Walīd ibn Hishām al-Qaḥdhamī; Arabization; Baṣra; dīwāns



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