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Abū Zayd Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq al-ʿIbādī
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Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq

Date of Birth: 809

Place of Birth: al-Ḥīra

Date of Death: 873

Place of Death: Baghdad


As can be inferred from his nisba, al-ʿIbādī, Ḥunayn’s father belonged to the Arab Christian community of the ʿIbād in the southern Iraqī town of al-Ḥīra, the provincial capital of the Lakhmids. Ḥunayn started the practice of medicine with his father, who was a druggist. He learned Syriac in al-Ḥīra and was ordained deacon (shammās) of the …

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Monferrer Sala, Juan Pedro, “Abū Zayd Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq al-ʿIbādī”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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