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Tamīm b. Baḥr al-Muṭṭawwiʿ
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, Arab traveller in Central Asia in early ʿAbbāsid times and the only Muslim one who has left us a record of his visit to the capital of the Uyg̲h̲ur Turks (pre-840) on the Ork̲h̲on river [q.v.] in Mongolia, most probably Ḳarabalg̲h̲asun, the Khara Balghasun of the modern Mongolian Republic. It may be assumed that Tamīm was an Arab, possibly one of those settled within K̲h̲urāsān, and his nisba implies that he had been a fighter for the faith against pagans. He certainly seems to have been a great traveller in the steppes, since he says that he also visited the Turkish Kimäk [q.v.] and their king…

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Bosworth, C.E., “Tamīm b. Baḥr al-Muṭṭawwiʿ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7379>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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