al-Bisṭāmī, Abū Yazīd (Bāyazīd)
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Abū Yazīd Ṭayfūr b. ʿĪsā b. Surūshān al-Bisṭāmī (al-Basṭāmī) (d. 261/874–5 or 234/848–9), commonly known in the Iranian world as Bāyazīd Bisṭāmī, was an early ecstatic Ṣūfī from north-central Iran. His grandfather Surūshān was born a Zoroastrian, -an indication that al-Bisṭāmī had Persian origins despite the fact that his transmitted sayings are in Arabic. Very little is known about the life of al-Bisṭāmī, whose importance lies in his biographical tradition, since he left no written works. The often inconsistent ea…

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Mojaddedi, Jawid, “al-Bisṭāmī, Abū Yazīd (Bāyazīd)”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004225459, 2012, 2012-3

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