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Zakarawayh b. Mihrawayh
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, one of the earliest Ismāʿīlī missionaries in ʿIrāḳ. In modern literature, the name, a Persian diminutive of Zakariyyāʾ (originally Zakarōye), is often misread as Zikrawayh.

Zakarawayh came from the village of al-Maysāniyya near Kūfa and was the son of one of ʿAbdān’s [q.v.] first missionaries; he propagated the Ismāʿīlī doctrine among the Bedouin of the tribe of Kulayb on the fringes of the desert west of Kūfa. When in 286/899 a schism split the Ismāʿīlī community, he was instrumental in doing away with his master ʿAbdān who had aposta…

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Halm, H., “Zakarawayh b. Mihrawayh”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 11 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8092>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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