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Muhammed b. Ḥusain Bahāʾ al-Dīn with the tak̲h̲alluṣ Bahā’ī, the author of a number of writings both in Arabic and in Persian on different subjects. Born in 953 (1547), he died in 1030 (1621). He was a native of Ḏj̲ebel ʿĀmila in Syria, travelled to Persia and finally obtained an honourable post at the court of S̲h̲āh ʿAbbās. He is best known for his Anthology al-Kas̲h̲kul (“the beggar’s bowl”), which has often been printed in the East; in addition he wrote a work on S̲h̲īʿa dogmatics (in Persian) entitled Ḏj̲āmiʿ-i ʿAbbāsī and several mathematical and astronomical treatises. He acqu…

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“al-ʿĀmīlī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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