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, Abū Bakr b. ʿAlī b. al-Ṭaiyib, Arab author and dogmatist, a pupil of Abu ’l-ʿAbbās b. Mud̲j̲āhid al-Tāʾī al-Baṣrī, who was a pupil of Abu ’l-Ḥasan al-As̲h̲ʿarī, died on the 23 Ḏh̲u ’l-Ḳaʿda 403 = 6 June 1013 at Bag̲h̲dād. He was famous for his polemical writings. He introduced new ideas into the Kalām from Greek philosophy or perhaps from the dogmatics of the Eastern Church, such as the conception of atoms, of empty space and the view that an accident can not be the bearer of another accident and that an accident cannot last through two units of time. Of his works there has only survived the Kitāb f…

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Brockelmann, C., “al-Bāḳillānī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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