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al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī
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, Abū Hās̲h̲im Ismāʿīl b. Muḥammad b. Yazīd b. Rabīʿa b. Mufarrig̲h̲, a S̲h̲īʿī poet and a grandson of the poet Ibn Mufarrig̲h̲ al-Ḥimyarī [q.v.]. He was born to Ibāḍī parents about 105/723, grew up in Baṣra, and died in Bag̲h̲dād or Wāsiṭ between 173/789 and 179/795. At a young age, he adopted with great fervour the doctrine of the Kaysāniyya [q.v.] S̲h̲īʿa, believing in the imāmate and occultation of Muḥammad b. al-Ḥanafiyya [q.v.] and his return as the Mahdī [q.v.]. Twelver S̲h̲īʿī authorities, both mediaeval and modern, claim that he later converted to Imāmism ( tad̲j̲aʿfara ), but the…

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Kadi, Wadad, “al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 30 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6695>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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