Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Abū Sahl Bishr ibn al-Muʿtamir ibn Bishr al-Hilālī
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Bishr ibn al-Muʿtamir

Date of Birth: c. 750

Place of Birth: Kūfa or Baghdad

Date of Death: 825

Place of Death: Baghdad


Bishr ibn al-Muʿtamir was the founder of the Baghdad school of the Muʿtazila, and the main author of its distinctive doctrines. Unusually for his day, he wrote a number of theological works in verse.

His place of birth is uncertain, though in his youth he studied in Basra under pupils of Wāṣil ibn ʿAtāʾ. Whe…

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Thomas, David, “Abū Sahl Bishr ibn al-Muʿtamir ibn Bishr al-Hilālī”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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