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Abū ʿUbayda
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Maʿmar b. al-Mut̲h̲annā , Arabic philologist, born 110/728 in Baṣra, d. 209/824-5 (other dates also in Taʾrīk̲h̲ Bag̲h̲dād and later works). He was born a mawlā of the Ḳurays̲h̲ite clan of Taym, in the family of ʿUbayd Allāh Maʿmar (cf. Ibn Ḥazm, Ḏj̲amharat Ansāb al-ʿArab , Cairo 1948, 130); his father or grandfather came originally from Bād̲j̲arwān (near al-Raḳḳa in Mesopotamia, less probably the village of the same name in S̲h̲irwān) and was said, on dubious authority, to have been Jewish. He studied under the leading philologists of the school of Baṣra, Abū ʿAmr b. al-ʿA…

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Gibb, H.A.R., “Abū ʿUbayda”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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