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The historical Buhlūl appears to have been a contemporary of the ʿAbbāsid caliph al-Mahdī (r. 158–169/775–785), with the first accounts on him being found in the first half of the 3rd/9th century, i.e., within fifty years of his reported death. In his report on Buhlūl, al-Jāḥiẓ (d. 255/869) relates a telling conversation (1/182) that took place between Buhlūl and Isḥāq b. Ṣabbāḥ, the ruler of the Ḥijāz during al-Mahdī’s reign, which reveals his Shiʿi sympathies. Al-Jāḥiẓ’s other two reports (1/1…

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Azarnoosh, Azartash and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Buhlūl”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_05000017>
First published online: 2021

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