Abd Allah al-Qaysi

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Born Emirate of Córdoba
Died 885 or 886
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni
Jurisprudence Zahiri
Creed Athari

Abu Muhammad Abd Allah bin Muhammad bin Qasim bin Hilal bin Yazid bin 'Imran al-'Absi al-Qaysi was an early Muslim jurist and theologian.[1]


Having been born in Islamic Spain, Ibn Qasim moved to Iraq for a time, studying directly under Dawud al-Zahiri. He ended up leaving the Malikite rite of Muslim jurisprudence for the Zahirite branch, and was considered by Christopher Melchert to be the first Zahirite in the region.[2] Ibn Qasim copied his teacher's books by hand and was responsible for spreading them throughout Al-Andalus.

Ibn Qasim died in the year 272 on the Islamic calendar, corresponding to 885 or 886 on the Gregorian calendar.[3]

He was listed by later Zahirite jurist Ibn Hazm as having been, along with Ruwaym, Ibn al-Mughallis and Mundhir bin Sa'īd al-Ballūṭī, one of the primary proponents of the Zahirite school of Islamic law.[3] Ibn Hazm, who was also an early champion of the school, was essentially reviving Ibn Qasim's efforts;[4] earlier Zahirites such as Balluti kept their views to themselves.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Al-Humaydī, Jadhwat al-Muqtabis, vol. 2, entry #418.
  2. ^ The Islamic school of law - evolution, devolution, and progress, pg. 118. Eds. Rudolph Peters and Frank E. Vogel. Cambridge: Harvard Law School, 2005.
  3. ^ a b Samir Kaddouri, "Refutations of Ibn Hazm by Maliki Authors from al-Andalus and North Africa." Taken from Ibn Hazm of Cordoba: The Life and Works of a Controversial Thinker, pg. 541. Eds. Camilla Adang, Maribel Fierro and Sabine Schmidtke. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2013. ISBN 9789004243101
  4. ^ S. M. Imamuddin, Muslim Spain 711-1492 A.D.: A Sociological Study pg. 156. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 1981.
  5. ^ Mohammad Sharif Khan and Mohammad Anwar Saleem, Muslim Philosophy And Philosophers, pg. 35. New Delhi: Ashish Publishing House, 1994.
  6. ^ Bilal Orfali, "In the Shadow of Arabic: The Centrality of Language to Arab Culture." Pg. 34. Brill Publishers, 2011. Print.
  7. ^ William Montgomery Watt and Pierre Cachi, "History of Islamic Spain," pg. 66. Edinburgh University Press.