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al-Āmidī, Sayf al-Dīn
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Sayf al-Dīn ʿAlī b. Abī ʿAlī al-Āmidī (551–631/1156–1233) was a leading scholar of Islamic theology (kalām) and theoretical jurisprudence (uṣūl al-fiqh). He was born to a Kurdish family in Āmid, a largely Kurdish town in eastern Anatolia that is now part of the city of Diyarbakır. According to al-Qifṭī, al-Āmidī studied Shāfiʿī law under scholars of his native village (al-Qifṭī, 241), although al-Subkī says that he committed a Ḥanbalī handbook to memory (al-Subkī, 8:306). At age fourteen, he ventured to Baghdad, then a strongh…

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Weiss, Bernard G., “al-Āmidī, Sayf al-Dīn”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004225459, 2012, 2012-3

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