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Ibn Dāwūd al-Iṣfahānī
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Abū Bakr Muḥammad Ibn Dāwūd al-Iṣfahānī (255–97/868–909) was a legal scholar of Baghdad known for his poetry anthology, Kitāb al-zahra. He was born in Baghdad, the son and successor of the Kufan jurist Dāwūd b. ʿAlī (202–70/818–84), who founded the Ẓāhirī school of law in Baghdad. After his father’s death, Ibn Dāwūd succeeded him as the leader of that school. However, his fame is not based on his activities as a jurist, but rather on the anthology of poetry.

Little is known about Ibn Dāwūd’s life. Half of the twenty-two preserved anecdotes about him (Raven, Ibn Dâwûd, 36–57) deal with his …

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Raven, Wim, “Ibn Dāwūd al-Iṣfahānī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30755>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 9789004335714, 2017, 2017-2

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