Bayt al-Ḥikma
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Bayt al-Ḥikma (‘House of Wisdom’), or Khizānat al-Ḥikma (‘Store-house of Wisdom’), was a library in Baghdad that functioned during the ʿAbbāsid era from the end of Hārūn al-Rashīd’s rule (r. 170–194/786–809) through al-Maʾmūn’s reign (r. 198–218/813–833) and up to the time of al-Muʿtaṣim (r. 218–227…

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Karamati, Younes and Negahban, Farzin, “Bayt al-Ḥikma”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 25 May 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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