Abū ʿAmr Zabbān b. al-ʿAlāʾ
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, a celebrated ‘reader’ of the Ḳurʾān, regarded as the founder of the grammatical school of Baṣra, died c. 154/770.

This scholar seems to have claimed a genealogy connecting him with the Arab tribe of Māzin of the confederation of Tamīm; see Ibn Ḵh̲allikān and the other biographers, including Ibn al-Ḏj̲azarī, who, however, in one isolated statement, links him with Ḥanīfa. His name, Zabbān, has never been fully confirmed, and is only given in preference to a score of others. He is believed to have been born c. 70/68…

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Blachère, R., “Abū ʿAmr Zabbān b. al-ʿAlāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 11 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0155>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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