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Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad ibn ʿAbdallāh al-Iskāfī
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Date of Birth: Unknown, probably mid-8th c.

Place of Birth: Iskāf

Date of Death: 854

Place of Death: Baghdad


Al-Iskāfī’s name goes back to the town of Iskāf, between Baghdad and Wāsiṭ. His family originated in Samarqand. He was a Baghdad Muʿtazilī, and a follower of Jaʿfar ibn Ḥarb (d. 850), who encouraged him in his studies contrary to his parents’ wishes. He was greatly admired…

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Thomas, David, “Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad ibn ʿAbdallāh al-Iskāfī”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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