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Abu ̕L-ʿAbbās Lawkarī

  • Mohammad Javad EsmaeiliEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1151-5_576-1

Life – Abū l-ʿAbbās al-Faḍl b. Muḥammad al-Lawkarī was a second-generation student of Avicenna (d. 428/1037) through his most talented and devoted disciple Abū l-Ḥasan Bahmanyār b. Marzbān (d. 458/1066). Lawkarī belonged to one of the most influential families in the district of Merv and traced his origin to the town of Lawgar, situated on the road leading from Merv to Herat. It is not known when Lawkarī was born. But given that he was a student of Bahmanyār and if it is true that Bahmanyār died in 458/1066, then he may have been somewhere in his 30s when Bahmanyār passed away. The fact that he was alive in 503/1110 – the year in which he compiled the table of contents of Avicenna’s Taʿlīqāt – is certainly consistent with such a hypothesis. It must then have been some time after 503/1110 that his eyes and general condition got so bad that he – as reported by al-Bayhaqī who explicitly refers to Lawkarī’s advanced age (shaykhūkhatuhu) – started to long for the end. While we know that...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Iranian Institute of PhilosophyTehranIran