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Being a Sabian at Court in Tenth-Century Baghdad

Alexandre M. Roberts

Title:
Being a Sabian at Court in Tenth-Century Baghdad
Author(s):
Roberts, Alexandre M.
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
History
Volume:
137
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Book/Journal Title:
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Geographic Area:
Iraq--Baghdad
Abstract:
Thabit b. Qurra (d. 288/901), a Sabian of Harran, and his descendants remained in their ancestral religion for six generations. Why did they persist despite pressure to convert? This article argues that religious self-identication as a Sabian could be a distinct advantage in Baghdad's elite circles. It focuses on Thabit's great-grandson Abu Ishaq Ibrahim b. Hilal al-Sabi (d. 384/994) and his poetry as collected by al-Tha‘alibi (d. 429/1038). Two members of the family who did convert are also considered by way of contrast.
Subject(s):
Harranians
History
Religion
Thābit ibn Qurrah al-Ḥarrānī, -901
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Alexandre M. Roberts, , Being a Sabian at Court in Tenth-Century Baghdad, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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