'Abd al-Hamid was the secretary to the last Umayyad Caliph and a supreme stylist of early Arabic prose.
A notable quote from 'Abd al-Hamid reads:
- 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.
Alternative names include:
'Abd al-Hamid ibn Yahya al-Katib
'Abd al-Hamid ibn Yahya ibn Sa'd
Ibn Yahya al-Katib
Ibn Yahya al-Katib, 'Abd al-Hamid
Ibn Sa'd, 'Abd al-Hamid ibn Yahya
Ibn Yahya ibn Sa'd
Ibn Yahya ibn Sa'd, 'Abd al-Hamid