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Abū al-Baqāʾ al-Kaffawī
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Abū al-Baqāʾ al-Kaffawī, Ayyūb b. Mūsā al-Ḥusaynī al-Kaffawī (1028/1619–1095/1684), lexicographer, Ḥanafī faqīh (jurist) and adīb (man of letters), born at Kefe (also spelt Kaffa, and nowadays Theodosia) in the south-east of the Crimean Peninsula. Little is known about Abū al-Baqāʾ and his scholarly life. Like his father before him, he was the muftī (jurisconsult) of Kefe for a period (Sarkīs, 293) and apparently lived there for thirty years. At some stage he also chaired the judiciary of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and other regions (Bursalı, 1/230; al-Baghdādī, Īḍāḥ, 1/251). The Grand…

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Mahdi Mu'azzin Jami, Mohammad and Translated by Farhoud Bernjian, “Abū al-Baqāʾ al-Kaffawī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0117>
First published online: 2015

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