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Muḳātil b. Sulaymān
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b. Bas̲h̲īr al-Azdī al-K̲h̲urāsānī al-Balk̲h̲ī , Abu ’l-Ḥasan, traditionist and commentator on the Ḳurʾān, was born in Balk̲h̲ and lived in Marw, Bag̲h̲dād and Baṣra, where he died in 150/767 at an old age according to some biographers. He is also said to have taught in Mecca, Damascus and Beirut.

Muḳātil’s prestige as a traditionist is not very great; he is reproached with not being accurate with the isnād . His exegesis enjoys even less confidence. The biographers vie with one another in telling stories which illustrate his mendacity and particularly his profe…

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Plessner, M. and Rippin, A., “Muḳātil b. Sulaymān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5461>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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