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, Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā b. Ḏj̲ābir al-Balād̲h̲urī was one of the greatest Arab historians of the third century. Little is known of his life. He was an intimate friend of the caliphs Mutawwakkil and Mustaʿīn and educated ʿAbd Allāh the brilliant son of the caliph al-Muʿtazz. Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā is said to have died mentally deranged in 279 (892), after drinking the juice of the anacardia, (balād̲h̲ur) not knowing its effect, and from the manner of his death has received the name Balād̲h̲urī. This is probably only an etiological legend and besides, it is not certain that th…

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Becker, C. H., “al-Balād̲h̲urī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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