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Abū Yūsuf
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Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqūb b. Ibrāhīm al-Anṣārī al-Kūfī (113–82/731–98) was a prominent Ḥanafī jurist whose opinions, with those of Abū Ḥanīfa and Muḥammad al-Shaybānī, form the core of Ḥanafī fiqh scholarship.

According to biographical traditions, Abū Yūsuf—a descendant of Saʿd b. Ḥabta, who lived in Medina during the time of the prophet Muḥammad—was born in Kufa and died in Baghdad at the age of sixty-nine. A number of sources relate that Abū Yūsuf came from a poor family and that Abū Ḥanīfa (d. 150/767) supported his education in K…

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Wheeler, Brannon M., “Abū Yūsuf”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 12 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23440>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004209831, 2011, 2011-4

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