al-Farghānī
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al-Farghānī, Saʿīd al-Dīn Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad b. Aḥmad (d. ca. 699/1300), a member of the Suhrawardī Sufi order who became one of the foremost disciples of Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī (d. 673/1274), and an influential exponent of Ibn al-ʿArabī’s school of mystical thought.

Al-Farghānī’s nisba is derived from Farghāna (q.v.), an important valley in medieval Transoxania, which was a very wealthy region in those days (al-Samʿānī, 10/188; Yāqūt, 3/879). According to his own signature on the copy he made in 669/1271 of al-Qūnawī’s Iʿjāz al-bayān (fol. 143a; see Hirtenstein, 129), he r…

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Ensiyeh Sheikhsofla, “al-Farghānī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036108>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110



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