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al-Anṭākī, Abū ʿAbd Allāh (or Abū ʿAlī) Aḥmad b. ʿĀṣim, was a famous mystic of the 2nd/8th and 3rd/9th centuries. While the exact date and place of his birth are not known, both his nisba and the fact that he was said to be from the frontier lands (thughūr) suggest that he was born in Antioch; he also spent some time in Damascus (Ibn Ḥibbān, 8/20; Anṣārī, 123; Ibn al-ʿAdīm, 2/848; see Yāqūt, 2/79–80; Ibn Manẓūr, 3/127; al-Dhahabī, Taʾrīkh, 43; see also Ibn Abī Ḥātim, 1(1)/66). Al-Anṭākī became proficient in the standard disciplines of the t…

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Javad Shams, Mohammad and Translated by Matthew Melvin-Koushki, “al-Anṭākī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0284>
First published online: 2015

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