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al-Basawī (also al-Fasawī), Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqūb b. Sufyān b. Jawān al-Fārisī (d. 277/890), was a Persian traditionist and historian. He was born in Basā or Pasā (Fasā), a major suburb of the district of Dārābgird in Fārs. The exact date of his birth is not known. Occurences of the nisba ‘al-Nasawī’ can be put down to scribal error (taṣḥīf) (see al-Khaṭīb, 9/428; Ibn Shahrāshūb, 1/8; al-Rūdānī, 374). Some sources give 280/893 or 281/894 as the year of his death (see Ibn Ḥibbān, 9/287), and given that he was over eighty at the time he died (al-Dhahabī, al-ʿIbar, 1/399…

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Jaberizadeh, Abd al-Amir and Gholami, Rahim, “al-Basawī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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