Jahza Al-Barmaki
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Jahza Al-Barmaki
Abu'l-?asan A?mad ibn Ja?far al-Barmaki al-Nadim
Bornc. 839
Abbasid Caliphate
DiedJune/July 936
Wasit, Abbasid Caliphate (now Iraq)
Other namesJahza al-Barmaki
OccupationLute player and Author
EraIslamic Golden Age
(Abbasid era)
Known forSinger, poet, and Abbas?d courtier, close Companion of Al-Muqtadir
Notable work
  • Treatises on astrology,
  • Lute-playing
  • Cooking,
  • Author of Caliph al-Mu'tamid's biography
  • Ja?far ibn Musa (father)

Abu'l-?asan A?mad ibn Ja?far al-Barmak? al-Nad?m (839 - June/July 936), surnamed Jaa (Arabic: ?‎, lit.'popping out, bulging') and al-?unb?r? (lit.'the lute player'), was a descendant of the Barmakid family, and a well-known scholar, singer, poet, and courtier of his time.

He was reportedly born in 839, the grandson of Musa ibn Yahya and great-grandson of the famous Yahya al-Barmaki, the vizier of Harun al-Rashid.[1] The historian Charles Pellat describes him as "a man of very varied culture, but little religion, of doubtful morals and repulsive appearance"; he was nicknamed Jaa by Abbasid prince and Arab poet Ibn al-Mu'tazz on account of his bulging eyeballs. He nevertheless was a prominent member of the courtly society of his time, and appears in multiple anecdotes, associating with the grandees of the Abbasid Caliphate's court.[1] Little of his work survives, apart from a few poems; most of them are known through a list in the 10th-century compendium al-Fihrist, and include treatises on astrology, lute-playing, cooking, and a biography of Caliph al-Mu'tamid.[1] He died at Wasit in June/July 936.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Pellat 1965, p. 389.


  • Pellat, Ch. (1965). "D?j?aa". In Lewis, B.; Pellat, Ch. & Schacht, J. (eds.). The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Volume II: C-G. Leiden: E. J. Brill. p. 389. OCLC 495469475.

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