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Ibn Saʿd
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Muḥammad Ibn Saʿd b. Manīʿ al-Zuhrī (d. 230/845) is known primarily for his multivolume Kitāb al-ṭabaqāt al-kabīr (“The large book of generations”), the earliest extant historical work of the genre often termed as a biographical dictionary, arranged according to generations (or “classes”), cataloguing the people who disseminated the teachings of the prophet Muḥammad. Ibn Saʿd was born in Basra around the year 168/784, and travelled to Baghdad, where he served as the secretary for the famous historian Muḥammad b. ʿUmar al-Wāqidī (d. 207/822). He stu…

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Lucas, Scott C., “Ibn Saʿd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_32202>
First print edition: 9789004386662, 2019, 2019-5

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