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ʿAṭāʾ al-Khurāsānī
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ʿAṭāʾ al-Khurāsānī (50–135/670–752) was a Persian jurist (faqīh) and exegete (mufassir) of the Qurʾān as well as a ‘follower of the Followers’ (tābiʿ al-tābiʿīn). The name and kunya of his father have been recorded in different ways, the best known of which is Abū Muslim. While most sources state that he was from Balkh (Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal, 3/148; al-Bukhārī, al-Taʾrīkh, 6/474; Ibn Abī Ḥātim, 3(1)/334), Jūzjān is also mentioned as his place of origin (Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal, 3/365; cf. al-Khaṭīb, 1/154). He was a Persian and originally a client (mawlā) of al-Muhallab b. Abī Ṣufrā (al-Bukhārī, al-Taʾr…

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Ahmad Pakatchi and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “ʿAṭāʾ al-Khurāsānī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0314>
First published online: 2015

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