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al-Ḥumaydī, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān
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ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Zayn al-Dīn b. Aḥmad b. ʿAlī al-Ḥumaydī (d. 1004/1595 or 1005/1596) was a physician and warrāq (copyist and bookseller) active in Ottoman Cairo. As a writer and poet, he is noted for his sophisticated eulogies on the Prophet.

Sources about al-Ḥumaydī’s life are sparse. He himself traced his ancestry to the famous Meccan ḥadīth scholar and compiler ʿAbdallāh b. al-Zubayr al-Ḥumaydī (d. 219/834 or later). The only contemporary writer to have recorded a few details about the later stages of al-Ḥumaydī’s life was Shihāb al-Dīn al-Khafājī …

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Masarwa, Alev, “al-Ḥumaydī, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 23 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30556>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 9789004413443, 2020, 2020-2

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