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Abū al-Muṭarrif
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Abū al-Muṭarrif, Aḥmad b. ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿUmayra al-Makhzūmī (582–658/1186–1260), was a man of letters, a scribe, a jurist and a poet during the era of the Almohads (al-Muwaḥḥidūn) in al-Andalus and the Maghrib.

It has been held that Abū al-Muṭarrif's ancestral name is ʿUmayra, a seemingly incorrect assumption (see Ibn Sharīfa, 33). His lineage goes back to the Banū Makhzūm, a clan of the Quraysh tribe, although some of his contemporaries traced his lineage to a Jewish family (Ibn ʿAbd al-Malik, 1(1)/150–151; Ibn al-Khaṭīb, al-Iḥāṭa, 1/179); accord…

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Arzandeh, Mehran and Translated by Rahim Gholami, “Abū al-Muṭarrif”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0115>
First published online: 2015

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