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, aḥmad b. muḥammad b. hārūn , better known as Abū Bakr al-K̲h̲allāl (d. 311/923), traditionist, legal scholar and theologian, and an outstanding figure in the history of Ḥanbalism.

Very little is known of his life, however. He was a pupil of Abū Bakr al-Marwad̲h̲ī (d. 275/889), the author of the K. al-Waraʿ , himself one of the favourite pupils of Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal. He further followed the teachings of the s̲h̲ayk̲h̲ ʿAbd Allāh (d. 290/903), younger son of Ibn Ḥanbal, who transmitted virtually the whole of his father’s work and who arranged in an orderly fashion the materials of the Musnad . We …

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Laoust, H., “al-K̲h̲allāl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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