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Ibn Aqil
Ibn Aqil
BornAH 431 (1039/1040)[1]
DiedAH 513 (1119/1120)[1]
EraIslamic golden age
Main interest(s)History, Tafsir, Hadith and Fiqh
OccupationMuslim scholar

Abu al-Wafa Ali Ibn Aqil ibn Ahmad al-Baghdadi (1040-1119) was an Islamic theologian from Baghdad, Iraq. He was trained in the tenets of the Hanbali school (madhab) for eleven years under scholars such as the Qadi Abu Ya'la.[1] Despite this, Ibn Aqil was forced into hiding by the Hanbalis for frequenting the circles of groups who were at odds with the Hanbali tradition.[1] In one of his reminiscences, he remarks that his Hanbali companions wanted him to abandon the company of certain scholars, and complains that it hindered him from acquiring useful knowledge.[1] Among his works of jurisprudence that have survived are Wadih fi usul al-fiqh and (in part) Kitab al-funun, a work comprising 800 volumes.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lewis, B.; Menage, V.L.; Pellat, Ch.; Schacht, J. (1986) [1st. pub. 1971]. Encyclopaedia of Islam (New Edition). Volume III (H-Iram). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. p. 699. ISBN 9004081186.
  2. ^ John L. Esposito, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, Oxford University Press, 2003, and George Makdisi (ed.), The Notebooks of Ibn 'Aqil: Kitab al Funun, 2 vols., Beirut 1970-71

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