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, abū ʿabd allāh muḥammad b. fātik , called al-maʾmūn , Fāṭimid wazīr . Born of obscure parentage, his father having been an Egyptian agent ( d̲j̲āsūs ) in ʿIrāḳ, al-Baṭāʾiḥī rose to power through the patronage of the celebrated Fāṭimid wazīr al-Afḍal, in whose assassination he was implicated (515/1121), and whom he succeeded as first minister of al-Āmir (ruled 495/1101-524/1130).

The creation of an observatory at Cairo had been planned by al-Afḍal. Al-Baṭāʾiḥī took up the work, in which the Spaniard Abū D̲j̲aʿfar Yūsuf b. Ḥasdāy, a friend of the philosop…

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Dunlop, D.M., “al-Baṭāʾiḥī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1277>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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