Mūsā ibn Shākir

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Musa bin Shakir is the father of the Banu Musa ("Sons of Musa"), the renowned 9th-century scholars of Baghdad. Earlier in life he had been a highwayman and astronomer in Khorasan of unknown pedigree.[1] After befriending al-Maʾmūn, who was then a governor of Khorasan and staying in Marw, Musa was employed as an astrologer and astronomer. When he died, he left his three sons in the custody of Al-Ma'mun.[2]

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  1. ^ Gutas, Dimitri (1998-07-23). Greek Thought, Arabic Culture: The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in Baghdad and Early 'Abbasaid Society. Routledge. p. 133. ISBN 0415061334. 
  2. ^ Pingree, D. (1988). "Banū Mūsā". Encyclopædia Iranica.