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Faḍl, Bā
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, a family of mas̲h̲āyik̲h̲ of Tarīm in Ḥaḍramawt claiming descent from the Saʿd al-ʿas̲h̲ira clan of Mad̲h̲ḥid̲j̲. The name Bā Faḍl seems to derive from an ancestor called al-faḳīh Faḍl b. Muḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Karīm b. Muḥammad, whose genealogy cannot be traced beyond that. They seem to have had supreme authority in religious matters in Tarīm until superseded by the Bā ʿAlawī sayyid s around the 9th/15th century. They have long been prominent as ṣūfī s and faḳīh s, jurists. In the 10-11th/16th-17th centuries one branch existed in Aden. The most famous of this branch, and…

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Ghūl, M.A., “Faḍl, Bā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2224>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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