Abū al-Qāsim al-Balkhī
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Abū al-Qāsim al-Balkhī, ʿAbd Allāh b. Aḥmad b. Maḥmūd (d. 319/931), was a well-known Muʿtazilī theologian from Baghdad. He was also known as al-Kaʿbī, deriving from the name of one of his forebears, Kaʿb (al-Samʿānī, 11/122).

Abū al-Qāsim was apparently born in Balkh. This can be deduced from the comments of some authorities, including al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdādī (9/384), that he returned to Balkh after completing his education and living some time in Baghdad (see a…

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Zaryab, Abbas, Rezaee, Maryam and Negahban, Farzin, “Abū al-Qāsim al-Balkhī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0122>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 978-90-04-16860-2, 20080710, 978-90-04-17859-5, 20091123, 9789004191655, 20110912

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