Being a Sabian at Court in Tenth-Century Baghdad
- Being a Sabian at Court in Tenth-Century Baghdad
- Roberts, Alexandre M.
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- 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.
Thābit ibn Qurrah al-Ḥarrānī, -901
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- Alexandre M. Roberts, 2017, Being a Sabian at Court in Tenth-Century Baghdad, Columbia University Academic Commons, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8HD874J.