al-Ruʾāsī
(459 words)

, Ibn Ak̲h̲ī Muʿād̲h̲ al-Harrāʾ, muḥammad [ b. al-ḥasan ] b. Abī Sāra al-Nīlī al-Naḥwī, Abū D̲j̲aʾfar, an Arab grammarian, regarded to be the legendary founder of the Kūfan school of grammar.

Very little is known about his life and grammatical views, which are rarely quoted by later grammarians. The legend about al-Ruʾāsī’s founding the Kūfan school of grammar seems to have been invented by T̲h̲aʿlab [q.v.] in his polemics with al-Mubarrad [q.v.]. Both grammarians quote the name of al-Ruʾāsī (this name from the largeness of his head) in a clearly polemical vein. Al-…

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Danecki, J., “al-Ruʾāsī”, 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 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6315>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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