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Bishr b. al-Muʿtamir
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Bishr studied the principles of theology (kalām) in Baṣra, the source and centre of Muʿtazilī teachings in that period, with Bishr b. Saʿīd and Abū ʿUthmān al-Zaʿfarānī, both of whom were pupils of Wāṣil b. ʿAṭāʾ (d. 131/749), the founder of the Muʿtazilī school (al-Malaṭī, 42–43). His most prominent teacher was Muʿammar b. ʿAbbād al-Sulamī (Ibn al-Murtaḍā, Ṭabaqāt, 54).

After Bishr b. al-Muʿtamir moved to Baghdad, he started classes there, preparing the way for the propagation of Muʿtazilī teachings and th…

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Javad Anvari, Mohammad and Translated by Keven Brown, “Bishr b. al-Muʿtamir”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_05000008>
First published online: 2021

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