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Ibrāhīm al-Mawṣilī

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Author(s): Torrey, C. C.
, Ibrāhīm b. Māhān b. Bahmān, also known as al-Nadīm al-Mawṣilī, one of the most celebrated musicians of Arab history, a man of Persian origin, was born at Kūfa in 125 (742) and died at Bag̲h̲dād in 188 (804). He studied music under Persian masters, and…

Ibn al-Muʿtazz

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ʿAbd Allāh, Abu ’l-ʿAbbās, poet and prince, son of the’ Ḵh̲alīfa al-Muʿtazz, was born of a slave mother in the year 247 (861). From his youth he devoted himself to literary pursuits, studying the Arabic language and literature under al-Mubarrad, T̲h̲aʿlab, and other eminent masters with great zeal and success, and composing works in prose and (especially) poetry which attracted ever wider attention. At the court of his cousin, the Ḵh̲alīfa al-Muʿtaḍid (279—289 = 892—902), he stood in high esteem, a…

Ibn ʿAbd al-Ḥakam

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Author(s): Torrey, C. C.
, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAbd al-Ḥakam b. Aʿyan, Abu ’l-Ḳāsim, the earliest Arab historian of Egypt whose work has survived, was a member of a notable Egyptian family. His father, ʿAbd Allāh (died 214 = 830), was very learned in tradition and jurisprudence, and the author of books in these fields; he was the head of the Mālikite school in Egypt, and was also associated with the Ḳāḍī as censor of witnesses. His four sons were all men of importance: Muḥammad, ¶ widely celebrated as a jurist and author, and his father’s successor as leader of the Mālikites of Egypt; ʿAbd …