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al-Balādhurī, Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā b. Jābir b. Dāwūd (d. ca. 279/892), a prominent author, poet, translator, historiographer and genealogist of the 3rd/9th century. The earliest sources of information on his life and activities, such as the Kitāb Baghdād of Ibn Abī Ṭāhir Ṭayfūr (d. 280/893) or the Muʿjam al-shuʿarāʾ of Muḥammad b. ʿImrān al-Marzubānī (d. ca. 380/990), have survived only in part, and one has to rely on quotations from these books in the works of later authors in order to reconstruct what…

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Bahramian, Ali, Translated by Janis Esots and Translated by Mushegh Asatryan, “al-Balādhurī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_00000052>
First published online: 2015

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