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Abū Yūsuf
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YaʿḲūb b. Ibrāhīm al-Anṣārī al-Kūfī , a prominent religious lawyer, one of the founders of the Ḥanafī [q.v.] school of law. Abū Yūsuf was of pure Arab extraction; his ancestor, Saʿd b. Ḥabta, was a youth in Medina in the time of the Prophet. (For details of his genealogy, see al-Ḵh̲aṭīb al-Bag̲h̲dādī, xiv, 243.) His date of birth, reckoned backwards from the date of his death, is rather arbitrarily given as 113. According to an anecdote, the several versions of which are mutually contradictory, he was a poor boy, was helped by his teacher Abū Ḥanīfa [q.v.] who recognized his worth, and ach…

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Schacht, J., “Abū Yūsuf”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 06 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0277>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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