Kai Kaus on the Purchase of Slaves


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Kai Kaus ibn Iskandar, an eleventh-century ruler of provinces south of the Caspian Sea in what is today Iran, was the author of the Qabus nameh (The Book of Qabus), a history of his grandfather with extensive commentary, which includes a section On the Purchase of Slaves. It is a book that, along with Nizam al-Mulk's Siyasat nameh (Book of Government; or, Rules for Kings), is considered one of the classics of early medieval Persian literature. The book itself contains many sections divided...