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, Abū Ibrāhīm Ismāʿīl b. Yaḥyā (in the Fihrist , Ibrahīm), a pupil of al-S̲h̲āfiʿī, the “champion” of the S̲h̲āfiʿi school of law, was born in 175/791-2 and lived in Egypt. Although he compiled a celebrated compendium ( muk̲h̲taṣar ) of the writings and lectures of his teacher, he was an independent thinker, who differed from his master on many points but not on the fundamentals ( uṣūl ), as the Muk̲h̲taṣar eloquently shows (for example, his master’s views are bluntly described as wrong: iv, 26; v, 20; etc.). There is even mention of a special mad̲h̲hab of al-Muzanī (al-Subkī, i, 243; al-N…

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Heffening, W., “al-Muzanī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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