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al-Ḥuṣrī, Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Ibrāhīm al-Ḥuṣrī (d. Dhū al-Ḥijja 371/June 982), an eminent Sufi figure in Baghdad in the 4th/10th century.

Al-Ḥuṣrī was originally from Baṣra, being born probably a few years before 290/903, but later relocated to Baghdad, where he stayed for the rest of his life (al-Sulamī, 516; al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdādī, 11/340; Ibn Kathīr, 6/318). Some historians trace his nisba ‘al-Ḥuṣrī’ to the Arabic word ḥuṣur (‘hand-woven straw mats’, sing. ḥaṣīr), meaning ‘involved in selling or weaving hand-woven straw mats’ (al-Samʿānī, 2/226). However, the sou…

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Ebrahim, Alizera and Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, “al-Ḥuṣrī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_067310>
First published online: 2022

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