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Ibn al-Nadīm
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, Abu ’l-Farad̲j̲ Muḥammad b. Abī Yaʿḳūb Isḥāḳ al-Warrāḳ al-Bag̲h̲dādī , author of the well-known Kitāb al-Fihrist , an “Index” of Arabic books, completed according to the author’s own statement (p. 2, line 12; 38, 28; 87, 19; cf. also 132, 7 and 219, 7) in 377/987-8. Of his life very little is known. He died on 20 S̲h̲aʿbān 385/17 September 995 according to Ibn al-Nad̲j̲d̲j̲ar, D̲h̲ayl Taʾrīk̲h̲ Bag̲h̲dād (see Flügel’s edition, i, XII, n. 2) or according to others in 388/998 (see Ibn Ḥad̲j̲ar, Lisān al-Mīzān , v, 72, where 38 is apparently a misprint); dates later than 385 (e.g., 87, 6; 169, …

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Fück, J.W., “Ibn al-Nadīm”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3317>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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