Wāṣil b. ʿAṭāʾ
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, early theologian and ascetic who died in 131/748-9, shortly before the final success of the ʿAbbāsid revolution, probably as a victim of the plague which raged at Baṣra during the same year.

Further information about him is scarce and not always beyond suspicion. In a polemical letter of unknown origin addressed to ʿAmr b. ʿUbayd [q.v.], Wāṣil is supposed to have been present, as a rather prominent disciple, at one of the courses given by al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī [q.v.] during a visit to Medina some time before 110/728. Whether at that moment he lived in the Ḥid̲j̲āz or had i…

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Ess, J. van, “Wāṣil b. ʿAṭāʾ”, 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 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7886>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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