al-Akhfash
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Al-Akhfash (“having small eyes and naturally weak sight”) is the cognomen of eleven Arab philologists listed by al-Suyūṭī (al-Muzhir, ed. Muḥammad Aḥmad Jād al-Mawlā et al. (Cairo 1971), 2:453–4). The three most important are presented below.

1. al-Akhfash al-Akbar

Abū l-Khaṭṭāb ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd b. ʿAbd al-Majīd al-Akhfash al-Akbar (second/eighth century), a client (mawlā) of the Banū Qays b. Thaʿlaba, was an Arab grammarian who lived in Basra.…

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Weipert, Reinhard, “al-Akhfash”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 21 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_22808>
First published online: 2009
First print edition: 9789004178533, 2009, 2009-2



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