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ʿAbd al-Nabī
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ʿAbd al-Nabī (d. 991/1583) jurist, proponent of iṣlāḥ (traditionalist reform), and Ṣadr al-ṣudūr (highest religious official) of the Mughal empire for eight years under the emperor Akbar.

He was a descendant of ʿAbd al-Quddūs Gangūhī (q.v.), the well-known Indian Ḥanafī Sufi, whose family were considered descendants of Abū Ḥanīfa (Badāʾūnī, 3/81; Shāhnawāz Khān, 2/560), which is why he was known as al-Nuʿmānī (Kaukab, 262–263; Hidāyat Ḥusayn, 2/146). He was born and brought up in Gangūh and…

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Marjan Afsharian and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “ʿAbd al-Nabī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0018>
First published online: 2015

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