ABŪ SAHL ḴOJANDĪ, vizier of the Ghaznavids in the 5th/11th century. He served Sultan Ebrāhīm b. Masʿūd (451-92/1059-99) as that ruler’s second vizier, succeeding Abū Bakr b. Abī Ṣāleḥ, probably in the early part of the reign. All that is known of his background is that he had been secretary in the Ghaznavid dīvāns since the time of Sultan Masʿūd. At some unspecified date he fell from favor and was arrested and blinded at the sultan’s orders.
Nāṣer-al-dīn Kermānī, Nasāʾem al-asḥār, ed. Ormavī, Tehran, 1338 Š./1959, p. 46.
Sayf-al-dīn ʿOqaylī, Āṯār al-wozarāʾ, ed. S. Nafīsī, Tehran, 1317 Š./1938, p. 147.
These sources are utilized in Bosworth, Later Ghaznavids, chap. II.
(C. E. Bosworth)
Originally Published: December 15, 1983
Last Updated: July 21, 2011
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C. E. Bosworth, “ABŪ SAHL ḴOJANDĪ,” Encyclopædia Iranica, I/4, p. 370; an updated version is available online at http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/abu-sahl-kojandi-vizier-of-the-ghaznavids-in-the-5th-11th-century (accessed on 31 January 2014).