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Biographical Information on
al-Khatib al-Baghdadi

Category: Biography
[Biographical Notes in 'Reliance of the Traveller', Noah (Nuh) Ha Mim Keller, USA: Sunna Books, 1991 CE, x216 (pp. 1066-7) ]

Khatib Baghdadi (w56.2) is Ahmad ibn `Ali ibn Thabit, Abu Bakr al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, born in Ghuzayya, midway between Kufa and Mecca, in 392/1002. He was a Shafi`i scholar, hadith master (hafiz), and historian who was raised in Baghdad and travelled to Mecca, Basra, al-Dinawar, Kufa, and other cities in quest of hadith before returning to Baghdad, where his ability won recognition from the caliph's vizier Ibn Musallam. A turn in political fortunes toward the end of his career caused him to leave Baghdad for a period, during which he travelled to Syria and resided in Damascus, Sur, Tripoli, and Aleppo before returning. He authored some fifty-six works in hadith, Sacred Law, and history, though he is best known for his fourteen-volume Tarikh Baghdad [The history of Baghdad]. In his final illness he made a pious endowment of his entire library and distributed his money and property to charitable causes. He died in Baghdad in 463/1072 (al-A`lam (y136), 1.172; and Tabaqat al-Shafi`iyya al-kubra (y128), 4.29).

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[al-Ghadir fi al-kitab wa'l-sunnah wa'l-adab, al-Amini, `Abd al-Husayn Ahmad al-Tabrizi al-Najafi, Beirut: Mu'assasat al-A`lami (11 vols), 1414 AH/1994 CE, vol. 1, pp. 145-6 ]
 
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