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, Badīʿ al-Zamān Abu ’l-ʿIzz Ismāʿīl b. al-Razzāz , engineer who worked in al-D̲j̲azīra during the latter part of the 6th/12th century. His reputation rests upon his book, Kitāb fī maʿrifat al-ḥiyal al-handasiyya (ed. and tr. D.R. Hill, The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices, Dordrecht 1974), which he composed in 602/1206 on the orders of his master Nāṣir al-Dīn Maḥmūd, a prince of the Artuḳid dynasty [q.v.] of Diyār Bakr. All that we know of his life is what he tells us in the introduction to his book, namely that at the time of writing he had be…

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Hill, D. R., “al-D̲j̲azarī”, 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 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8506>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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