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Abū Sahl al-Masīḥī
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Abū Sahl al-Masīḥī, ʿĪsā b. Yaḥyā al-Masīḥī al-Jurjānī (d. after 400/1010), was a Persian polymath who wrote on physics, philosophy, astronomy and mathematics. There is little information on his life, with the only major source being Niẓāmī ʿArūḍī (pp. 118–121). Despite the fact that ʿArūḍī's account was repeated by later historians (Mīrkhwānd, 7/465–466; Khwāndamīr, 2/444; Ghaffārī, 114–115) and has been relied on by many modern scholars, it is not entirel…

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Younes Karamati and Translated by IIS Translation team, “Abū Sahl al-Masīḥī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0129>
First published online: 2015

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