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Ḥātim Aṣamm
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Ḥātim Aṣamm, Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Ḥātim b. ʿUnwān (d. 237/851), known as Aṣamm (lit. ‘the deaf’, see below for explanation of this epithet), was an early influential Sufi from mediaeval Khurāsān. His father’s name is given as Yūsuf or ʿUnwān b. Yūsuf by various biographers (see Abū Nuʿaym, 8/83). The details of his life remain obscure; it is known that his birthplace was Balkh, that the celebrated Sufi figure Aḥmad b. Khiḍrawayh/Khiḍrūya (q.v., d. 240/854) was his disciple, and that he practised th…

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Ghanbari, Bakhshali and Translated by Shahram Khodaverdian, “Ḥātim Aṣamm”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_066136>
First published online: 2022
First print edition: 20230913

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