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Abū Kāmil
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Abū Kāmil, Shujāʿ b. Aslam b. Muḥammad b. Shujāʿ, known as al-Ḥāsib al-Miṣrī, was a mathematician of the 3rd/9th and 4th/10th centuries, one of the last figures of the old school of algebra (al-jabr) in the history of Islamic mathematics and the most prominent algebraist after al-Khwārazmī (Ibn al-Nadīm, 339; Ibn Khaldūn, 3/1129; Sezgin, 5/277). He held teaching sessions, and for a time served in the Egyptian maritime industry (al-Qifṭī, 211; Anbuba, ‘L'Algèbre’, 79; idem, xvii–xviii). Abū Kāmil is also mentioned as one of the transmitters of ḥadīth…

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Alireza Djafari Naini and Translated by Rahim Gholami, “Abū Kāmil”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0093>
First published online: 2015

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