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al- Bāʿūnī
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The al-Bāʿūnī family originated in the village of Bāʿūna, in what is now northern Jordan. During the Mamlūk and Ottoman periods, the house of al-Bāʿūnī gained fame and social capital in Damascus and neighbouring cities.

Al-Maqrīzī reports, on his meeting with Aḥmad al-Bāʿūnī, that their ancestor Nāṣir b. Khalīfa b. Faraj (or Faraḥ), who is said to have been a tailor, moved from his home village to Nazareth when their homeland went through a religious conversion, in which Christian hamlets became Muslim.

Nāṣir’s eldest son, ʿImād al-Dīn Ismāʿīl, died in Nazareth, at the age of abo…

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Frenkel, Yehoshua, “al-Bāʿūnī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 17 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_24542>
First published online: 2014
First print edition: 9789004269620, 2014, 2014-3

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