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Abū Zayd al-Balkhī
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Abū Zayd al-Balkhī, Aḥmad b. Sahl (ca. 235–322/849–934), was a man of letters, theologian, philosopher and geographer, who also dabbled in various other sciences. The earliest sources of information on him are Ibn al-Nadīm's al-Fihrist and Yāqūt's Muʿjam al-udabāʾ, the latter being the most complete. Yāqūt, from whom subsequent sources derive all their information, derived his material from a book written by Abū Sahl Aḥmad b. ʿUbayd Allāh b. Aḥmad. Abū Sahl's own source was Abū Muḥammad Ḥasan b…

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Movahhed, Samad and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Abū Zayd al-Balkhī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0167>
First published online: 2015

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