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al-Balādhurī, Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā b. Jābir b. Dāwūd (d. ca. 279/892), a prominent author, poet, translator, historiographer and genealogist of the 3rd/9th century. The earliest sources of information on his life and activities, such as the Kitāb Baghdād of Ibn Abī Ṭāhir Ṭayfūr (d. 280/893) or the Muʿjam al-shuʿarāʾ of Muḥammad b. ʿImrān al-Marzubānī (d. ca. 380/990), have survived only in part, and one has to rely on quotations from these books in the works of later authors in order to reconstru…

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Bahramian, Ali, Asatryan, Mushegh and Esots, Janis, “al-Balādhurī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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