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al- Mufīd
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, Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad b. Muḥammad b. al-Nuʿmān al-Ḥārit̲h̲ī al-ʿUkbarī, Imāmī S̲h̲īʿī theologian and jurist, was born on 11 D̲h̲u ’l-Ḳaʿda 336/23 May 948 (other dates mentioned, 333 and 338, seem less likely) in Suwayḳat Ibn al-Baṣrī near ʿUkbarā.

His family was of Southern Arab descent of the Banu ’l-Ḥārit̲h̲ b. Kaʿb, and his father had been a teacher in Wāsiṭ before moving to ʿUkbarā. After his father’s profession, al-Mufid was also known as Ibn al-Muʿallim. He came to Bag̲h̲dād as a boy and already in Muḥarram 347/April 958 heard ḥadīt̲h̲ in the Mosque of al-Manṣūr. His teacher in fiḳh

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Madelung, W., “al-Mufīd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5316>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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