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Ṣafī al-Dīn al-Urmawī
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, ʿAbd al-Muʾmin b. Yūsuf b. Fāk̲h̲ir al-Urmawī al-Bag̲h̲dādī (Ṣūfī al-Dīn in some Ottoman sources), renowned musician and writer on the theory of music, was born ca. 613/1216, probably in Urmiya. He died in Bag̲h̲dād on 28 Ṣafar 693/28 January 1294, at the age of ca. 80 (Ibn al-Fuwaṭī, al-Ḥawādit̲h̲ al-d̲j̲āmiʿa , 480).

The sources are silent about the ethnic origin of his family. He may have been of Persian descent (Ḳuṭb al-Dīn S̲h̲īrāzī [q.v.] calls him afḍal-i Īrān ). In his youth, Ṣafī al-Dīn went to Bag̲h̲dād. Well-educated in Arabic language, literature, history an…

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Neubauer, E., “Ṣafī al-Dīn al-Urmawī”, 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 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6447>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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