Abd al-Hamid al-Katib
|Abd al-Hamid ibn Yahya al-Katib|
|Died||AH 132 (749/750)|
- Cultivate the Arabic language so that you may speak correctly; develop a handsome script which will add luster to your writings; learn the poetry of the Arabs by heart; familiarize yourself with unusual ideas and expressions; read the history of the Arabs and the Persians, and remember their great deeds
He may have been a descendant of a Persian captive at the battle of Qadesiya who became a mawlā of the Qorashī clan of the Banu Amer b. Loʾayy. Some accounts, however, make the less likely claim that he was of this clan, hence of pure Arab descent.