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Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī
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Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī, Naṣr b. Muḥammad b. Aḥmad b. Ibrahīm b. al-Khaṭṭāb, known as ‘Imām al-Hudā’ (d. 373/983), was a jurist and ascetic of Transoxania, who wrote a catechism of the Ḥanafī school of jurisprudence in Sunni Islam.

The title ‘Imām al-Hudā’ (Leader of Right Guidance) (ʿAbd al-Qādir, 2/196) attributed to him was earlier given to Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī, another Ḥanafī theologian from Transoxania (ʿAbd al-Qādir, 2/130, 362; for other attributions of this title, see al-Ḥakīm a…

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Ahmad Pakatchi and Translated by Azar Rabbani, “Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0099>
First published online: 2015

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