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Al-Ālūsī, a Baghdad family that produced distinguished scholars in jurisprudence (fiqh), Qurʾānic exegesis (tafsīr) and literature in the 13th/19th and 14th/early 20th century. One of his ancestors fled Baghdad in 7th/13th century at the time of Hulāgū’s invasion and moved to Ālūs, where his descendants stayed until the 11th/17th century before returning to Baghdad (al-Atharī, 7–8). The following, in chronological order, are the best-known members of the family:

1. Sayyid Maḥmūd, who was a descendant of Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī on his father’s side and of Ḥasan b. ʿAlī th…

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Sadeq Sajjadi and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Al-Ālūsī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0262>
First published online: 2015

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