He was married to the granddaughter of the Lakhmid ruler al-Nu'man III ibn al-Mundhir (r. 580–602), and is said to have helped al-Nu'man accede to power as ruler of al-Hirah. He also served as the secretary (dabir) for Arab affairs under the Sasanian king Hormizd IV (r. 579–590).
- Peters, Francis E. (1994-04-06). Muhammad and the origins of Islam. SUNY Press. p. 66. ISBN 9780791418765.
The next notable figure at al-Hira was Nu'man III who was phylarch there from about 580 AD His accession to power was engineered by the Christian poet Adi ibn Zayd whose family had long been important at Hira
- The Catholic encyclopedia. p. 669.
After him reigned Nu'man ibn Mundhir (580-595), who, towards the year 594, was converted to Christianity. His granddaughter, Hind, who was a Christian and of exceptional beauty, was married to the Arab poet 'Adi ibn Zayd.
- Rajabzadeh 1993, pp. 534–539.
- Rajabzadeh, Hashem (1993). "Dabīr". Encyclopaedia Iranica, Vol. VI, Fasc. 5. pp. 534–539.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
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