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Ḳuṣtā b. Lūḳā
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al-Baʿlabakkī , mediaeval scientist and translator. He was of Christian origin, from the town of Baʿlabakk [q.v.]. In Bag̲h̲dād, where he worked for some time as a doctor, scientist and translator, his reputation was as high as that of Ḥunayn b. Isḥāḳ [q.v.]. He was fluent in Greek, Syriac and Arabic, being particularly noted for his excellent style in Arabic. The last part of his life was spent in Armenia, where he was induced to take up residence by the prince Sanḥarīb. According to ʿUbayd Allāh b. Ḏj̲ibrāʾīl, he came into contact wit…

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Hill, D.R., “Ḳuṣtā b. Lūḳā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4567>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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