al-Bayhaqī, Abū Bakr
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Abū Bakr Aḥmad b. al-Ḥusayn al-Bayhaqī (d. 458/1066) was a Shāfiʿī jurist and an Ashʿarī theologian who worked extensively in the field of ḥadīth. His greatest contribution was to provide a scriptural underpinning, namely from the ḥadīth, for the doctrines of the school of law associated with Muḥammad b. Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī (d. 204/820). The Shāfiʿī al-Juwaynī (d. 478/1085) characterised the contribution of al-Bayhaqī by declaring that al-Shāfiʿī owed more to al-Bayhaqī than al-Bayhaqī owed to al-Shāfiʿī. The Ḥanbalī Ibn Taymiyya (d.…

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Dickinson, Eerik, “al-Bayhaqī, Abū Bakr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 21 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004203532, 2011, 2011-1

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