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[Biographical Notes in 'Reliance of the Traveller', Noah (Nuh) Ha Mim Keller, USA: Sunna Books, 1991 CE, x32 (pg. 1026) ]

(Imam) Abu Bakr Baqillani (w57.2) is Muhammad ibn al-Tayyib ibn Muhammad ibn Ja`far, Abu Bakr al-Baqillani. An Islamic judge who was born in Basra in 338/950, he became one of the foremost figures in Islamic scholastic theology (`ilm al-kalam), and because of his logical acumen and swift, unhesitating replies, the caliph `Adud al-Dawla dispatched him as an envoy to the Byzantine court in Constantinople, and he debated with Christian scholars in the presence of their king. He lived most of his life in Baghdad, where he authored a number of works on tenets of Islamic belief, and died in 403/1013 (al-A`lam (y136), 6.176).

[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, p. 141 ]
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