Asfar ibn Kurduya (also spelled Kurdawayh, Kardawayh and Kurdawaih),
Daylamite officer who served the Buyid dynasty.
Asfar is first mentioned during the reign of the Buyid ruler Adud
al-Dawla, as one of the most prominent officers of the Empire. After
the death of
Adud al-Dawla in 983, the Buyid Empire was thrown into
civil war; the Empire was disputed between his two sons Samsam
al-Dawla and Sharaf al-Dawla.
Samsam al-Dawla ruled Iraq, while Sharaf
al-Dawla ruled Fars and Kerman.
In 986, Asfar rebelled against Samsam al-Dawla, and changed his
allegiance to Sharaf al-Dawla. However, Asfar quickly changed his
mind, and declared allegiance to the latter's other brother Abu Nasr
Firuz Kharshadh, who was shortly given the laqab of "Baha' al-Dawla."
However, Samsam al-Dawla, with the aid of Fuladh ibn Manadhar,
suppressed the rebellion, and imprisoned Baha al-Dawla. After this
event, Asfar is no longer mentioned.
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