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al- ʿAskarī, Abū Hilāl
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Abū Hilāl al-Ḥasan b. ʿAbdallāh b. Sahl a l-ʿAskarī (d. c.400/1010) was a lexicographer and adīb who composed accessible, well-structured, and comprehensive manuals on a wide array of topics designated for the educated public of Būyid Iran, who needed to master and display their command of Arabic literary culture.

Of Persian origin, Abū Hilāl was born in ʿAskar Mukram near Ahwāz in Khūzistān, where he studied with his father and with his namesake, Abū Aḥmad al-Ḥasan b. ʿAbdallāh b. Saʿīd al-ʿAskarī, with whom he was at times confused by later authors. He earned his living a…

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Gruendler, Beatrice, “al-ʿAskarī, Abū Hilāl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0230>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161634, 2007, 2007-2



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