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Bayt al-Ḥikma
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Bayt al-Ḥikma (‘House of Wisdom’), or Khizānat al-Ḥikma (‘Store-house of Wisdom’), was a library in Baghdad that functioned during the ʿAbbāsid era from the end of Hārūn al-Rashīd’s rule (r. 170–194/786–809) through al-Maʾmūn’s reign (r. 198–218/813–833) and up to the time of al-Muʿtaṣim (r. 218–227/833–84…

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Younes Karamati and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Bayt al-Ḥikma”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_000000114>
First published online: 2015

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