ʿABDĪ, pen name of ʿABD-AL-RAḤMĀN PASHA, Ottoman official and historian, d. Raǰab, 1103/March, 1692. He was educated at the palace school and held various positions. Promoted to the post of kubbe veziri, he served as governor of several Ottoman provinces (lastly of Kandiya). At the request of Mehmet IV, he wrote an account of events in the period 1054-93/1648-82, Tārīḵ-e Nešānǰī ʿAbd-al-Raḥmān Pāšā. He also wrote poetry and commentaries on ʿAṭṭār’s Pandnāma and on the poems of ʿOrfī Šīrāzī.
F. Babinger, Die Geschichtsschreiber der Osmanen und ihre Werke, Leiden, 1927, I, pp. 227-28.
S. N. Ergun, Türk şâirleri I, Istanbul, n.d., p. 179. Milli tetebbular mecmuası I, pp. 497-544.
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