Banū Mūsā
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Banū Mūsā, the name applied to three brothers, Muḥammad, Aḥmad and al-Ḥasan, the sons of Mūsā b. Shākir al-Khurāsānī, sometimes also referred to as the Banū Shākir. They are important because of their foundational work in mathematical sciences, the role they played in the Graeco-Arabic translation movement, and, more generally, in the political, cultural and scientific l…

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Hamedani, Hossein Masoumi and Esots, Janis, “Banū Mūsā”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 18 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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