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Bas̲h̲s̲h̲ār al-S̲h̲aʿīrī
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, S̲h̲īʿite heretic, flourished in the second century A.H. He lived in Kūfa and earned his living by selling barley ( s̲h̲aʿīr ), whence his name. According to the Minhād̲j̲ and the Muntahā , he was sometimes mistakenly referred to as al-As̲h̲ʿarī, instead of the correct al-S̲h̲aʿīrī. According to traditions related by al-Kas̲h̲s̲h̲ī, he was repudiated and disowned by the Imām D̲j̲aʿfar al-Ṣādiḳ ( Rid̲j̲āl 252-4; cf. 197, where ʿAbū Bas̲h̲s̲h̲ār al-As̲h̲ʿarīʾ is denounced as a liar, together with such notorious heretics as al-Mug̲h̲īra b. Saʿīd, Bazīg̲h̲, Abu’l-Ḵh̲aṭṭāb, Muʿamm…

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Lewis, B., “Bas̲h̲s̲h̲ār al-S̲h̲aʿīrī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 02 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1263>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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