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al-Aṣmaʿī, Abū Saʿīd ʿAbd al-Malik b. Qurayb (ca. 125–216/743–831), narrator, littérateur, and famous lexicographer in the early part of the ʿAbbāsid era. Owing to his relation to the Bāhilīs (the descendants of Mālik b. Aʿṣur), al-Aṣmaʿī, whose nisba is derived from his great-grandfather Aṣmaʿ, was also known by the name al-Bāhilī (see al-Bukhārī 3(1)/428; Ibn Qutayba, al-Maʿārif, 543; Ibn Ḥazm, 245). The ill repute of this tribe during the pre-Islamic period caused al-Aṣmaʿī to renounce his kinship to them, but despi…

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Fatehi-nezhad, Enayatollah and Translated by Keven Brown, “al-Aṣmaʿī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0311>
First published online: 2015

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