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Abū Ḥanīfa
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Abū Ḥanīfa al-Nuʿmān b. Thābit b. Zūṭā al-Fārisī was a second/eighth-century theologian and jurist and the eponym of the Ḥanafī law school.

1. Life

Abū Ḥanīfa was born in Kufa circa 80/699 and died in Baghdad in 150/767, reportedly at the age of seventy. His grandfather Zūṭā, who lived in Kābul, had been taken captive and become a slave of the Arab tribe Taymallāh b. Thaʿlaba. Zūṭā was later brought to Kufa, where he was manumitted, whereupon he and his descendants became mawlās of tha…

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Yanagihashi, Hiroyuki, “Abū Ḥanīfa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_0151>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161634, 2007, 2007-2

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