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Mālik b. Anas
(3,800 words)

, a Muslim jurist, the Imām of the mad̲h̲hab of the Mālikīs, which is named after him [see mālikiyya ], and frequently called briefly the Imām of Medina.

1. The sources for Mālik’s biography.

The oldest authority of any length for Mālik, Ibn Saʿd’s account (d. 230/845 [q.v.]), which is based on al-Wāḳidī (d. 207/822 [q.v.]) and which places him in the sixth class of the Medinan “successors”, is lost, as there is a hiatus in the manuscript of the work; but it is possible to reconstruct the bulk of it from the quotations preserved, mainly in al-Ṭabarī (iii, 2519 ff), in the Kitāb al-ʿUyūn ( Fragm . hist…

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Schacht, J., “Mālik b. Anas”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0649>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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