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, banū , three brothers (in order of seniority) Muḥammad, Aḥmad and al-Ḥasan, who were among the most important figures in the intellectual life of Bag̲h̲dād in the 3rd/9th century. We do not know their dates of birth, but Muḥammad died in 259/873 and could hardly then have been less than 70 years old because the youngest brother al-Ḥasan was already a brilliant geometrician in the reign of al-Maʾmūn (198-218/813-33 [q.v.]). Their father, Mūsā b. S̲h̲ākir, was said to have been in his youth a resourceful highwayman who made the roads in K̲h̲urāsān unsafe. By all a…

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Hill, D.R., “Mūsā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5557>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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