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ʿAbd al-Wāḥid b. Zayd al-Baṣrī
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ʿAbd al-Wāḥid b. Zayd al-Baṣrī, with the kunya Abū ʿUbayda, a wāʿiẓ (preacher) and muḥaddith (traditionist), was an ascetically inclined Sufi from Baṣra who lived in the 2nd/8th century. He was one of the most important and distinguished followers of the school of al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī (d. 110/728), who became famous both as a forerunner of the Sufis and for his sermons. He was known as one of the aʾimmat al-sharʿ (leaders of the Law), akābir al-Ṣūfiyya (great figures of the Sufis) and as one of the bakkāʾūn (weepers). He was also given the noble titles of shaykh al-ʿubbād (leader of the worshi…

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Javad Shams, Mohammad, “ʿAbd al-Wāḥid b. Zayd al-Baṣrī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0069>
First published online: 2015

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