Bishr al-Ḥāfī
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, Abū Naṣr Bishr b. al-Ḥārith b. ʿAbd al-Raḥmān (150 or 152–227/767 or 769–841), was a well-known ascetic (zāhid) and Sufi.

He came from a village in Marw and travelled from Khurāsān to Baghdad, which became his place of residence and according to the majority of sources was where he died (Ibn Saʿd, 7/342; al-Sulamī, Ṭabaqāt, 33–34; al-Dhahabī, al-ʿIbar, 1/313; Anṣārī Ḥarawī, 85). According to the sources, his ancestor five generations earlier, who was called either Baʿbūr, Yaʿfūr, Baghnabūr or al-Ghayūr, was given the name ʿAbd Allāh after converting …

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La-Shay’, Hussein and Negahban, Farzin, “Bishr al-Ḥāfī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 22 November 2018 <>

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