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Hamid Algar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198090441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198090441.001.0001

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From Infancy to Eminence, from Kharjird to Khiaban

From Infancy to Eminence, from Kharjird to Khiaban

(p.10) 2 From Infancy to Eminence, from Kharjird to Khiaban

Hamid Algar

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the genealogy and life of ʿAbd al-Rahman Jami. Nur al-Din ʿAbd al-Rahman Jami was born in Kharjird at the time of the evening prayer on Shà ban 23, 817/November 7, 1414. Jami and his father, Nizam al-Din Ahmad, moved to Herat, probably in 830/1426–7. Different accounts provide different reasons for this relocation, the most credible being that Jami’s father wanted him to benefit from the more ample educational resources available in Herat. During his early years in Herat, Jami is presumed to have been engaged in the study of Qurʿanic exegesis and its various levels, the traditions of the Prophet (hadith), as well as jurisprudence (fiqh) and its methodology (usul).

Keywords:   ʿAbd al-Rahman Jami, Kharjird, Nizam al-Din Ahmad, Herat

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