al-Zubayr b. Bakkār
(700 words)

b. ʿAbd Allāh b. Muṣʿab , Abū ʿAbd Allāh, author of ak̲h̲bār works which combine belles-lettres and history and belong to the oldest preserved books in this field.

He was born in 172/788-9 at Medina. As a descendant of al-Zubayr b. al-ʿAwwām [q.v.] he was a prominent member of the illustrious Zubayrī family. When he died at Mecca in D̲h̲u ’l-Ḳaʿda 256/October 870, he had been ḳāḍī of the Holy City for the previous one and a half decades. His grandfather was a close associate of the caliph al-Mahdī and was appointed governor of Medina by Hārūn al-Ras̲h̲īd, and…

Cite this page
S. Leder, “al-Zubayr b. Bakkār”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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