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Ibn His̲h̲ām
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, Abū Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Malik , a scholar best known for his work on the biography of Muḥammad. His family was usually said to be of Ḥimyarite origin, and had moved from Baṣra to Egypt, where he was born and spent his life. His knowledge of genealogy and grammar was outstanding. He died in Egypt on 13 Rabīʿ II 218/8 May 833 or in 213/828. His Kitāb al-Tīd̲j̲ān on South Arabian antiquities is extant. He is chiefly famous, however, for his edition of the Sīra (Life of Muḥammad) of Ibn Isḥāḳ [q.v.], which became the basic work on this subject. The Sīra of Ibn Isḥāḳ is not preserved as a single work…

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Watt, W. Montgomery, “Ibn His̲h̲ām”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3203>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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