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Āq Shams al-Dīn
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Āq Shams al-Dīn (in Turkish Akşemseddin), Muḥammad b. Ḥamza al-Dimashqī (792–863/1390–1459), Sufi and celebrated physician. He is thought to have been one of the descendants of Shaykh Shihāb al-Dīn Suhrawardī, but it is not clear whether this Shihāb al-Dīn was the ‘Master of Illumination’ (Shaykh al-Ishrāq) or the jurist and Sufi from Baghdad. He was born in Damascus. During his childhood he went with his father to Anatolia, where he commenced his education. After c…

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Shi`ar, Ja`far and Translated by Keven Brown, “Āq Shams al-Dīn”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0289>
First published online: 2015

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