Al-Zubayr ibn Bakkar

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Al-Zubayr ibn Bakkār
TitleAl-Nassābah ("The Genealogist")
Personal
Born788 CE/172 AH
Medina
Died870 CE/256 AH
Mecca
ReligionIslam
EthnicityArab
CreedSunni
Main interest(s)History, Genealogy, Poetry[1]
OccupationArab historian

Al-Zubayr ibn Bakkār (Arabic: أبو عبدالله الزبير بن بكار بن عبد الله بن مصعب بن ثابت بن عبد الله بن الزبير بن العوام‎, (788-870 CE / 172-256 AH), a descendant of Al-Zubayr ibn al-ʻAwwām, was a leading Arab Muslim historian and genealogist[2] of the Arabs, particularly the Hijaz region. He composed a number of works on genealogy that made him a standing authority on the subject of the genealogies of the Quraysh tribe. Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani regarded him as the most reliable authority for Quraysh genealogical matters.[3]

Biography[edit]

He was born and raised in Medina and served as qadi in Mecca in 242 AH.[4] In one of his visits to Baghdad, Ibn Bakkar was invited by Al-Mutawakkil to become the tutor to his son.[1]

He died in Mecca after he fell from a roof.[1]

Works[edit]

Works attributed to Ibn Bakkar:[5]

Published works[edit]

  • Jamharat nasab Quraysh wa-akhbāruhā (جمهرة نسب قريش وأخبارها)
  • Al-Akhbār al-muwaffaqīyāt (الأخبار الموفقيات)
  • Ah̲bār Abī Abī Dahbal al-Jumaḥī (أخبار أبي دهبل الجمحي)
  • Azwāj al-Nabī (أزواج النبي). The edited version is named: Al-Muntakhab min Kitāb azwāj al-Nabī (المنتخب من كتاب أزواج النبي)
  • Commentary on "Kitāb al-Amthāl" of Abū ʻUbayd al-Qāsim ibn Sallām
  • Commentary on "Kitāb al-Nasab" of Abū ʻUbayd al-Qāsim ibn Sallām

Lost works[edit]

  • Akhbār al-ʻArab wa-ayyāmuhā (أخبار العرب وأيامها)- translit., "Arabs & Their Times"
  • Nawādir akhbār al-nasab (نوادر أخبار النسب)
  • Al-ikhtilāf (الاختلاف) or Al-aḥlāf (الأحلاف)- translit., "Alliances"
  • Nawādir al-madanīyīn (نوادر المدنيين)
  • Al-nakhīl (النخيل)- translit., "Palm Trees"
  • Al-ʻaqīq wa-akhbāruhu (العقيق وأخباره)
  • Al-Aws wa-al-Khazraj (الأوس والخزرج) - translit., "The Aws & The Khazraj (Tribes)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ibn Bakkār, Al-Zubayr (1996), al-ʻĀnī, Sāmī Makkī (ed.), Al-Akhbār al-muwaffaqīyāt (2nd ed.), Dār ʻĀlam al-Kutub, pp. 14–18
  2. ^ Khalidi, T. (2001). The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature. Harvard University Press. p. 188. ISBN 0-674-00477-9.
  3. ^ Crow, Karim Douglas (2005). Facing one Qiblah: legal and doctrinal aspects of Sunni and Shi'ah Muslims. Pustaka Nasional Pte Ltd. p. 194.
  4. ^ Sezgin, GAS, I, p.317
  5. ^ Majallat al-ʻArab, 2006 CE/1427 AH