Ibn Amir ad-Dimashqi

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Ibn ‘Amir

Damascus, Syria
Other names‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amir Ibn Yazid Ibn Tamim Ibn Rabi‘ah al-Yahsibi

‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amir Ibn Yazid Ibn Tamim Ibn Rabi‘ah al-Yahsibi, better known as Ibn Amir (118 AH - 736 CE),[1][2] was one of the seven canonical transmitters of the Qira'at,[3] or methods of reciting the Qur'an.

Of the seven most famous transmitters of Qur'anic recitation, Ibn Amir was the oldest while Al-Kisa'i was the youngest.[4] Like Ibn Kathir al-Makki, Ibn Amir was one generation removed from the primary students who spread his method of recitation to the masses.[5] The two primary students of his method of recitation were Hisham ibn Ammar (d. 245AH/859CE) and Ibn Dhakwan (d. 242AH/857CE).[6][7]

He was from Damascus, Syria.[8][9] He died in the year 736CE,[3][10] corresponding to the year 118AH.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Muhammad Ghoniem and MSM Saifullah, The Ten Readers & Their Transmitters. (c) Islamic Awareness. Updated January 8, 2002; accessed April 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Shady Hekmat Nasser, Ibn Mujahid and the Canonization of the Seven Readings, p. 49. 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
  3. ^ a b Aisha Bewley, The Seven Qira'at of the Qur'an. International Islamic University Malaysia. Accessed April 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Shady Nasser, Canonization, pg. 38.
  5. ^ Shady Nasser, Canonization, pg. 154.
  6. ^ Claude Gilliot, Creation of a fixed text, pg. 50. Taken from The Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an by Jane Dammen McAuliffe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. ISBN 9780521539340
  7. ^ Shady Nasser, Canonization, pg. 129.
  8. ^ Claude Gilliot, Creation, pg. 149.
  9. ^ Edward Sell, The Faith of Islam, pg. 54. Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge, 2013 reprint. ISBN 9781136391699
  10. ^ Benham Sadeghi, Criteria for Amending the Quran, pg. 37. Taken from Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought: Studies in Honor of, eds. Michael Cook, Najam Haider, Intisar Rabb and Asma Sayeed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. ISBN 9780230113299