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Jābir b. Ḥayyān
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Jābir b. Ḥayyān (b. first half of the second/eighth century, d. c. 200/815?) is the alleged author of a vast corpus of mainly alchemical writings. Scholars, however, dispute his very existence and his authorship of that corpus.

1. Biography

The earliest biography (with extensive bibliography) is in Ibn al-Nadīm’s Fihrist (c. 380/990, ed. Flügel, 354–8, ed. Sayyid, 2/1:450–8, trans. Fück, 95–104). From this and other biographic a…

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Forster, Regula, “Jābir b. Ḥayyān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 18 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_32665>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 9789004386624, 2018, 2019-1



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