Bayān b. Samʿān al-Tamīmī
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, S̲h̲iʿi leader in Kūfa. (Often, improperly, Banān in Nawbak̲h̲tī, al-Nahdī ). He was a dealer in straw. According to Nawbak̲h̲tī. he was a disciple of Ḥamza b. ʿAmmāra, disciple of Ibn Karib, men known for g̲h̲uluww speculation on the imāmate of Muḥammad b. al-Ḥanafiyya. He accepted the imāmate of Muḥammad’s son Abū Hās̲h̲im (d. ca. 99/717) [q.v.] and was hostile to Muḥammad al-Bāḳir. Bayān taught a literalist anthropomorphic interpretation of the Ḳurʾān; e.g., God is a man of light, all whose parts will finally perish except his face (Ḳurʾān xxviii, 88). When on a…

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Hodgson, M.G.S., “Bayān b. Samʿān al-Tamīmī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1299>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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