al-Bayhaqī, Abū Jaʿfar
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al-Bayhaqī, Abū Jaʿfar Aḥmad b. ʿAlī b. Muḥammad, known as Bū Jaʿfarak (470–544/1077–1150), a distinguished authority on grammar, lexicology, and Qurʾān readings and commentary, and the author of Tāj al-maṣādir. The earliest and most authoritative sources on the life of al-Bayhaqī are the writings of his student, Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Zayd al-Bayhaqī, known as Ibn Funduq (al-Bayhaqī, Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī, Tārīkh, 167; idem, Mashārib). None of the sources name his birthplace, but in view of the reference by Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Bayhaqī (Tārīkh…

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Alemzadeh, Hadi and Waley, M.I., “al-Bayhaqī, Abū Jaʿfar”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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