Dawud b. Khalaf
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Abū Sulaymān Dāwūd b. ʿAlī b. Khalaf al-Iṣfahānī al-Ẓāhirī (d. 270/884) was an important Muslim jurisprudent. His grandfather seems to have been a client of the ʿAbbāsid caliph al-Mahdī (r. 158–69/775–85). Dāwūd was born in Kufa but grew up in Baghdad and was active primarily there. The sources give various years for his birth: 200/815–6, 201/816–17, 202/817–8, and 208/823–4. He was called “al-Iṣfahānī” because his family (or his mother alone) was originally from a village near Isfahan. His father worked as a scribe for the Ḥanafī qāḍī ʿAbdallāh b. Khālid in Isfahan, under the ca…

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Melchert, Christopher, “Dawud b. Khalaf”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 13 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25936>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004209831, 2011, 2011-4

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