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Aḥmad b. Abī Duʾād
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Abū ʿAbdallāh Aḥmad b. Abī Duʾād b. Jarīr (160–240/776 or 777–854), rose to prominence as an advisor to the caliph al-Maʾmūn and was appointed chief judge by al-Muʿtaṣim, apparently at the behest of his brother's will. In terms of fiqh, he was a Ḥanafī. He was also well known as a Muʿtazilī and as a man of prodigious intellect. He dabbled in poetry and associated with literati such as al-Jāḥiẓ. He sat comfortably near the apex of power as a primary advisor to three of the strongest, most active caliphs of the ʿAbbāsid dynasty. He use…

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Turner, John P., “Aḥmad b. Abī Duʾād”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 22 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0064>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004150171, 2007, 2007-1

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