Bis̲h̲r al-Ḥāfī
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, full name: abū naṣr bis̲h̲r b. al-ḥārīt̲h̲ b. ʿabd al-raḥmān b. ʿaṭāʾ b. hilāl b. māhān b. ʿabd allāh (originally Baʿbūr) al-ḥāfī . He was a Ṣūfī, born in Bakird or in Mābarsām, a village near Marw (al-S̲h̲āhid̲j̲ān) in 150/767 (or 152/769), and died in Bag̲h̲dād (some sources say that he died in Marw, but this seems unlikely) in 226/840 or 227/841-42. Little is known about his early age. He is said to have belonged to some young men’s association, or a gang of robbers, whilst still in Marw. He has also been descri…

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Meier, F., “Bis̲h̲r al-Ḥāfī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1453>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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