Ibn ʿAḳīl
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, Abu ’l-Wafāʾ ʿAlī b. ʿAḳīl b. Muḥammad b. ʿAḳīl b. Aḥmad al-Bag̲h̲dādī al-Ẓafarī , Ḥanbalī jurist and theologian (431/1040-513/1119), a great Sunnī personality whose life and writings shed light on one of the most important periods in the development of Muslim religious thought, and who stands at the head of a progressive movement within Sunnī traditionalism.

Family origins and early youth. Ibn ʿAḳīl was born in Bag̲h̲dād, on the left bank quarter of Bāb al-Ṭāḳ (see his Kitāb al-Funūn , fol. 12b: “… Bāb al-Ṭāḳ, the quarter in which I was born”), in D̲j̲umādā II 431/Febru…

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Makdisi, G., “Ibn ʿAḳīl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0314>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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