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Other namesAbu al-Hasan Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdillah Ibn al-Qasim Ibn Nafi'i Ibn Abi Bazzah (أحمد بن محمد بن عبدالله بن القاسم بن نافع بن أبي بزَّة)

Abu al-Hasan Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdillah Ibn al-Qasim Ibn Nafi'i Ibn Abi Bazzah (Arabic: أحمد بن محمد بن عبدالله بن القاسم بن نافع بن أبي بزَّة), better known simply as al-Bazzi (170–250AH) (786/7–864/5 CE),[1][2] was an important figure in the transmission of Qira'at, the seven canonical methods of Qur'an reading.[3] He and Qunbul were the primary people responsible for spreading the recitation method of Ibn Kathir al-Makki,[3][4][5] which became especially popular among the people of Mecca.[6]

Al-Bazzi's forefather, Abu Bazza, was of Persian descent and had reportedly converted to Islam through al-Sāʾib b. Abī al-Sāʾib Ṣayfī al-Makhzūmī (died after 638), one of the companions of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.[7] Al-Bazzi was a client (mawla) of the Banu Makhzum tribe.[7]

Al-Bazzi was considered the chief Qāriʾ in his time and was also the Mu'adhin of Al-Masjid al-Haram.[2] He died in 864CE.[4][5]


  1. ^ Theodor Nöldeke, Friedrich Schwally, Gotthelf Bergsträsser and Otto Pretzl. The History of the Qur'an, pg. 530. Ed. Wolfgang H. Behn. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2013. ISBN 9789004228795
  2. ^ a b Imām ibn Kathīr al-Makkī Archived 2016-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. © 2013 Prophetic Guidance. Published June 16, 2013. Accessed April 13, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Muhammad Ghoniem and MSM Saifullah, The Ten Readers & Their Transmitters. (c) Islamic Awareness. Updated January 8, 2002; accessed April 11, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Shady Hekmat Nasser, Ibn Mujahid and the Canonization of the Seven Readings, p. 129. Taken from The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qur'an: The Problem of Tawaatur and the Emergence of Shawaadhdh. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2012. ISBN 9789004240810
  5. ^ a b Alfred Felix Landon Beeston, Arabic Literature to the End of the Umayyad Period, pg. 244. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983. ISBN 9780521240154
  6. ^ Peter G. Riddell, Islamic scripture and textual materials, p. 18. Taken from Islam and the Malay-Indonesian World: Transmission and Responses. London: C. Hurst & Co., 2001. ISBN 9781850653363
  7. ^ a b Nasser, Shady H. (2020). "al-Bazzī". In Fleet, Kate; Krämer, Gudrun; Matringe, Denis; Nawas, John; Rowson, Everett (eds.). Encyclopaedia of Islam (3rd ed.). Brill Online. ISSN 1873-9830.