Ibn al-Faradi

Abū al-Walid ‘Abd Allāh ibn Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf ibn Naṣr ibn al-Faraḍī al-Azdī al-Qurṭūbī ,[1] (21 December 962 – 20 April 1013)[1][2] best known as Ibn al-Faraḍī,[1][2] was an Andalusian[3] historian, chiefly known for his Tarikh ulama al-Andalus, a biographical dictionary about religious scholars from al-Andalus.[2] He was a faqīh (jurist) and a muhaddith (scholar of hadith).[1]


Ibn al-Faraḍī began his studies in religious sciences in his native city of Córdoba,[1][2] and continued them in Toledo, Écija, and Medina-Sidonia.[1] Among his many of his well-known tutors were Ibn Awn Allāh (d. 988), Abū ‘Abd Allāh ibn Mufarrij (d. 990), ‘Abd Allāh ibn Qāsim al-Thagrī (d. 993), and Abū Zakariyya ibn Aidh (d. 985).[2] In the early 990s, he travelled to the East and pursued his studies in Kairouan, Cairo, Mecca and Medina.[1] On his return to al-Andalus, Ibn al-Faradi was appointed as a qadi ("religious judge") in Valencia.[1] He had several pupils, including Ibn Hayyan, Ibn 'Abd al-Barr, and Ibn Hazm.[1] He was killed in Córdoba on 20 April 1013 during the Fitna of al-Andalus.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Puente 2010, p. 582.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ávila 2016.
  3. ^ Ávila 2016, p. [page needed]: "Abū l-Walīd ʿAbdallāh b. Muḥammad b. Yūsuf b. Naṣr al-Azdī al-Ḥāfiẓ (351–403/962–1013), called Ibn al-Faraḍī, was an Andalusī historian known principally for his Taʾrīkh ʿulamāʾ al-Andalus, a biographical dictionary of Andalusī religious scholars. Born in Córdoba (...)"


  • Ávila, María Luisa (2016). "Ibn al-Faraḍī". In Fleet, Kate; Krämer, Gudrun; Matringe, Denis; Nawas, John; Rowson, Everett (eds.). Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE. Brill Online. doi:10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30770. ISSN 1873-9830.
  • Puente, Cristina de la (2010). "Works on Christian-Muslim relations 900-1050: Ibn al-Faraḍī". In Thomas, David; Mallett, Alex (eds.). Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 2 (900-1050). BRILL. ISBN 978-9004216181.

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