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Bust of Bahmanyar in Ismailiyye palace, Baku, Azerbaijan

Abul-Ḥasan Bahmanyār ibn Marzubān Salari 'Ajamī Aḍarbāyijānī,[1] known as Bahmanyār (died 1067) lived during the Sallarid Dynasty and was a famous pupil of Avicenna. He was of Persian[2][3] Zoroastrian[1][4][5] background, though he later converted to Islam.[6] His knowledge of Arabic was not perfect.[1][5]

His correspondence with Avicenna and his master's answers to his questions were compiled in the book Mubahathat (dialogues).[1] His main work, the Ketab al-tahasil, which summarises Avicenna's logic, physics and metaphysics was written in Isfahan between 1024 and 1037 and dedicated to his uncle, the Zoroastrian Abu Mansur b. Bahram b. Khurshid b. Yazdyar.[1] Bayhaqi also writes that he wrote a book on logic and one on music and other works are attributed to him.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Encyclopedia Iranica, "Bahmanyar Kia", H. Daiber [1] excerpt: "Originally a Zoroastrian converted to Islam,"
  2. ^ "Bahmanyar ibn Marzban". Encyclopedia Islamica. CGIE. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  3. ^ Nicholas Rescher, "The development of Arabic logic", University of Pittsburgh Press, 1964. pg 157: "Abu 'l-Hasan Bahmanyar ibn al-Marzuban was a Persian, a younger contemporary and respected student of Avicenna"
  4. ^ Henry Corbin, "History of Islamic philosophy", Kegan Paul International, 1993. pg 174: " good Zoroastrian with a typically Iranian name, Bahmanyar ibn al-Marzuban, whose important work remains "
  5. ^ a b Rahman, F. "Bahmanyār , Abu'l-Hasan Bahmanyar b. al-Marzuban." Encyclopaedia of Islam. Edited by:P. Bearman , Th. Bianquis , C.E. Bosworth , E. van Donzel and W.P. Heinrichs. Brill, 2007
  6. ^ Zirikli, Khay ud din. "بهمنيار". Retrieved 30 September 2012.