Nasr b. Muzahim

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Nasr b. Muzahim
Native nameنَصْر بن مُزاحم بن سَیّار (یسار) عَطّار المنقري
Full NameNasr b. Muzahim b. Sayyar (Yasar) al-'Attar al-Minqari
TeknonymAbu l-Fadl
LineageBanu Minqar
BirthAround 120/738
Place of BirthKufa
Place(s) of ResidenceBaghdad
WorksWaq'at Siffin, al-Jamal, ...
ActivitiesParticipation in the Uprising of Abu l-Saraya

Nasr b. Muzahim was among Shi'a historians and  the companions of Imam al-Baqir in the 2nd/8th century. His monograph is reported in a very limited fashion by Abu al-Faraj in Maqatil al-Talibiyyin.[1]

Biograaphy[edit | edit source]

The date of his birth is not known, but it is said that he was born in Kufa and then moved to Baghdad. His lineage reached "Banu Minqar b. 'Ubayd b. Harith b. 'Amr b. Ka'b b. Sa'd b. Zayd Manat b. Tamim".

Nasr b. Muzahim spend most of his life in Baghdad. At that time, Baghdad was a newly developed city, but since it was the capital and center of caliphate, it had attracted many famous scholars. In Tarikh Baghdad, al-Khatib al-Baghdadi mentioned Nasr b. Muzahim among scholars of Baghdad. Nasr b. Muzahim passed away in 212/827.

Sources of his Narration[edit | edit source]

He seems to have had two main sources: Abu Mikhnaf, whom he reports on the authority of his mentor `Umar b. Sa'd, and Jabir b. Yazid al-Ju'fi, whom he reports through `Amr b. Shamir. Nasr b. Muzahim uses both of these sources in his monograph on the Battle of Siffin. If his full work had survived, we would have had a much fuller Shi’i version of the account, as Nasr was himself a Shi’i, and tended to favour the Shi’i tradition.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Abu al-Faraj, op. cit., pp. 51-81.

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