Zakariyyāʾ al-Anṣārī
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, Abū Yaḥyā b. Muḥammad b. Zakariyyā, Zayn al-Dīn al-Sunaykī, Egyptian scholar and Ṣūfī, born ca. 823/1420.

After growing up in a humble milieu in the S̲h̲arḳiyya, he had the opportunity of making his way to Cairo to study Islamic sciences; he was the pupil of Ibn Ḥad̲j̲ar al-ʿAsḳalānī [q.v.]. At the same time, he frequented Ṣūfī circles and became associated with numerous initiatory “paths” ( ṭuruḳ [see Ṭarīḳa ]). In his role as scholar ( ʿālim ), he excelled in particular in S̲h̲āfiʿī law, for which he composed commentaries which soon became part of the courses in the madrasa s (such as the S̲h̲…

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Geoffroy, E., “Zakariyyāʾ al-Anṣārī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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