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al-Nawawī, Muḥyī al-Dīn
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Muḥyī l-Dīn Abū Zakariyyāʾ Yaḥyā b. Sharaf al-Nawawī (631–76/1233–77) was a ḥadīth scholar, ascetic, and leading author and jurist in the legal tradition of the Shāfiʿī school of Islamic law. He never accepted the honorific Muḥyī l-Dīn (the reviver of the faith), as he thought it only belonged to God (al-Muḥyī, the reviver).

1. Early life

Little is known about his family background, except that he was born in Nawā…

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Halim, Fachrizal A., “al-Nawawī, Muḥyī al-Dīn”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_40625>
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