Ḥabas̲h̲ al-Ḥāsib al-Marwazī
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, Aḥmad b. ʿAbd Allāh , one of the most important and interesting figures in early Islamic astronomy, hailing from Marw, but living in Bag̲h̲dād. The sobriquet “Ḥabas̲h̲” (“the Abyssinian”) is nowhere explained; it may refer to the dark colour of his skin. While the Fihrist (p. 275) mentions only that he reached the age of 100, Ibn al-Ḳifṭī ( Taʾrīk̲h̲ , 170) gives more detailed information on his life and the various stages of his scientific activity. According to him, he lived in the reigns of al-Maʾmūn and al-Muʿtaṣim, which is confirmed by Ibn Yūnus …

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Hartner, W., “Ḥabas̲h̲ al-Ḥāsib al-Marwazī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2572>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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