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Abū al-Dunyā
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Abū al-Dunyā was a man from the Maghrib, about whose alleged longevity stories have circulated since the 4th/10th century. Some writers, such as Abū Bakr al-Mufīd al-Jarjarāʾī, recorded his name and nisba as Abū ʿAmr ʿUthmān b. al-Khaṭṭāb b. ʿAbd Allāh b. al-ʿAwwām al-Balawī (see al-Ḥākim, 10; al-Khaṭīb, 11/297; al-Juwaynī, 1/198), but in the reports of Ibn Akhī Ṭāhir al-ʿAlawī and Abū Saʿīd b. ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Rāzī he is referred to as ʿAlī b. ʿUthmān b. al-Khaṭṭāb b. Murra b. Muʾayyad (Ibn Bābawayh, 2/538–544; cf. al-Khaṭīb, 11/299; Ibn Rushayd, 3/67–70).

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Ahmad Pakatchi and Translated by Roxane Zand, “Abū al-Dunyā”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0124>
First published online: 2015



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