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Ibn Sīda
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Abū l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Ismāʿīl (or b. Aḥmad) Ibn Sīda al-Andalusī al-Mursī al-Ḍarīr (c.398–458/c.1008–66), was a prolific Andalusian lexicographer and philologist born in Murcia. He was blind, probably from birth, as was his father. Among his teachers were his father and Ṣāʿid b. al-Ḥasan al-Baghdādī (d. 417/1026). The biographer Ibn Ṣāʿid (d. 462/1070) mentions that, in addition to philology, Ibn Sīda also studied logic, making written contributions to the field.

Ibn Sīda must have been gifted with an excellent memory, for it is frequently related that he knew the entire Gharīb al-muṣa…

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Weninger, Stefan, “Ibn Sīda”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_32248>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004413436, 2020, 2020-1

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