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al-Jazarī, Badīʿ al-Zamān
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Badīʿ al-Zamān Abū l-ʿIzz Ismāʿīl b. al-Razzāz al-Jazarī (b. c.530/1136, d. 602/1206) was an outstanding scholar, engineer, and inventor. The only information about his life is found in the introduction to his richly illustrated manuscript containing a collection of fifty mechanical devices and inventions, with their detailed construction plans. His family originated in al-Jazīra (Upper Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and the Euphrates). Badīʿ al-Zamān (prodigy of the age) was an honorary title used al…

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Jaritz, Gerhard, “al-Jazarī, Badīʿ al-Zamān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_32798>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4

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