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al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī

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Author(s): Kadi, Wadad
, 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