Al-Ābī, Abū Saʿd Manṣūr b. al-Ḥusayn
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Al-Ābī, Abū Saʿd Manṣūr b. al-Ḥusayn, known as al-Wazīr Dhū al-Maʿālī and Zayn al-Kufāt (d. 421/1030 or 422/1031 and more likely 432/1040) was a Twelver Shiʿi author, poet and statesman. He was born in Āba (or Āwa), and Abū Saʿd was almost certainly his kunya (Yāqūt, Buldān, 1/51; al-Amīn, 10/138). It is not unlikely that in his youth he narrated ḥadīths from Ibn Bābawayh, al-Shaykh al-Ṣadūq (d. 381/991), but it is doubtful that he was a disciple of the other great Twelver Shiʿi scholar, al-Ṭūsī (d. 460/1067) (Ibn Bābawayh, 105; Aqā Buzurg, 5/195). Also,…

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Azarnoosh, Azartash and Sana‘i, Mansur, “Al-Ābī, Abū Saʿd Manṣūr b. al-Ḥusayn”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <>
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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