FATḤ, b. ḴĀQĀN, famous bibliophile, author, courtier, and official in ʿAbbasid times ( d. 4 Šawwāl 247/11 December 861). Some modern authorities have referred to him as “al-Fāresī” or claim he was of Persian ancestry (Zereklī, Aʿlam2 V, p. 133; Dehḵodā, s.v. “Fatḥ b. Ḵāqān”; Yıldız, p. 452), but this appears to be erroneous. Masʿūdī (Morūj VII, p. 191) gives Fatḥ the nesba al-Torkī, and his father, a military officer named Ḵāqān ʿOrṭūj, was almost certainly a Turk (Gordon).
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Ebn al-Nadīm, ed. Flügel, pp. 116-17; tr. Dodge, pp. 255-56.
M. Gordon, “The Khaqanid Families of the Early Abbasid Period,” forthcoming. O. Pinto, “al-Fatḥ b. Ḫāqān, favorito di al-Mutawakkil,” RSO 13, 1931, pp. 131-49.
H. Yıldız, “Feth b. Hâkân el-Fârisî,” Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı Islâm Ansiklopedisi XII, Istanbul, 1995, pp. 452-53.
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