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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, bu…

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Fatehi-nezhad, Enayatollah and Brown, Keven, “al-Aṣmaʿī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 10 December 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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