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Abū l-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn Sahl Rabban al-Ṭabarī
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ʿAlī l-Ṭabarī

Date of Birth: c. 780

Place of Birth: Merv

Date of Death: c. 860

Place of Death: Samarra or Baghdad


ʿAlī l-Ṭabarī was the son of a physician whose pre-eminence earned him the Syriac title Rabban, ‘our master’. This has often been mistaken for a Jewish title, but the evidence of ʿAlī’s works, and the fact that in his Kitāb al-dīn wa-l-dawla (ed. Mingana, p. 124) he refers to his father’s brother Abū Zakkār Yaḥyā ibn Nu…

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Thomas, David, “Abū l-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn Sahl Rabban al-Ṭabarī”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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