al-Dārimī, Abū Saʿīd ʿUthmān b. Saʿīd
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al-Dārimī, Abū Saʿīd ʿUthmān b. Saʿīd (ca. 200–Dhū al-Ḥijja 280/816–February 894) was a theologian and leading ḥadīth scholar. His nisba ‘al-Dārimī’ indicates that he was a descendant of Dārim b. Mālik, of the Banū Tamīm (al-Dhahabī, Taʾrīkh, 20/396; al-Samʿānī, 2/440; Ibn al-Athīr, 1/404; al-Subkī, 2/302). He is also known by the title al-Sijistānī (Ibn Abī Ḥātim, 6/153), because his family derived from Sijistān, although he eventually settled in Herat.

He travelled far and wide in the Islamic lands and learnt many ḥadīths. In…

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Mohammad Kazem Alavi, “al-Dārimī, Abū Saʿīd ʿUthmān b. Saʿīd”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 17 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2017

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