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, ʿAlī b. Muḥammad b. ʿAbd Allāh b. Abī Sayf , Abū ’L-Ḥasan , early Arabic historian, was born, according to his own information, in 135/752 ( Fihrist , 100). Little is known about his life. He was a client of Samura b. Ḥabīb b. ʿAbd S̲h̲ams b. ʿAbd Manāf, i.e. of the Companion ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. Samura [q.v.]; according to Fihrist, 101, al-Madāʾinī dedicated a monograph to him. Al-Madāʾinī, who was in Baṣra in 153/770 (see al-Ḏj̲āḥiẓ, al-Bayān wa ’l-tabyīn , ii, Cairo 1367/1948, 93), later went to al-Madāʾi̇n and Bag̲h̲dād at an unknown date. It is also unknown whether his nisba originated from …

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Sezgin, Ursula, “al-Madāʾinī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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