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The little we know of al-Bursī’s life comes primarily from the late Ṣafawid biographers such as ʿAbd Allāh al-Afandī, who wrote his Riyāḍ al-ʿulamāʾ sometime between 1107/1695 and 1130/1718. Al-Bursī was probably born in the village of Burs, between Ḥilla and Kūfa (Fīrūzābādī, 2/207), although he has also been linked to a village in Khurāsān (al-Qummī, al-Kunā, 2/167; see also Dihkhudā, 3/4576). According to a line in one of his poems (see al-Amīnī, 7/67), his birthplace was Burs but he lived in Ḥilla (al-Afandī, 2/304…

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Department of Islamic Law and Qurʾan and Hadith Studies and Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, “al-Bursī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_05000043>
First published online: 2021

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