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Ibn al-Nadim

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Ibn al-Nadim
Full Name Muhammad b. Abi Ya'qub Ishaq b. Muhammad b. Ishaq
Teknonym Abu l-Faraj
Well-known As Ibn Nadim
Birth early 4th/10th century
Places of Residence BaghdadMosul
Death/Martyrdom Sha'ban 20, 380/November 12, 990
Professors Abu Sa'id al-Sayrafi • Abu Sulayman al-Mantiqi al-Sajistani • Abu l-faraj al-Isfahani
Works al-Fihristal-Awsaf wa al-tashbihat

Abu l-Faraj Muḥammad b. Abī Yaʿqūb Isḥāq b. Muḥammad b. Isḥāq (Arabic:أبوالفرج محمد بن ابی یعقوب إسحاق بن محمد إسحاق) (d. 380/990) known as Ibn al-Nadīm (Arabic:ابن الندیم) was a bibliographer, indexer and researcher from Baghdad in the 4th/10th century. His famous work was al-Fihrist. He had a good familiarity with different sciences and was an expert in some fields such as Arabic literature, intellectual sciences, especially philosophy and history of philosophy.

Sources for Research about his Life

The oldest source about the life of Ibn al-Nadim is the brief account of Ibn Shahrashub (d. 588/1192) in Ma'alim al-'ulama'. After him, Yaqut al-Hamawi (d. 626/1229) has given a short biography of Ibn al-Nadim derived from al-Fihrist and has praised him and mentioned that this work shows the author's knowledge in bibliography and different s