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Ibrāhīm Ibn Sinān

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Ibrāhīm Ibn Sinān Ibn Thābit Ibn Qurra was born in Baghdad in 296/909 where he died 37 years later in 335/946. Grandson of the famous mathematician Thābit Ibn Qurra, cousin of the famous literary figure Hilāl al‐Ṣābi ˒, son of a great physician and mathematician Sinān Ibn Thābit, he thus belonged to an intellectual aristocracy whose members frequented the corridors of power and the upper levels of the worlds of science and medicine. Ibrāhīm was born into and raised in this world, before being the object of a short‐lived persecution to which he makes allusion but explains neither the cause nor the duration. Ibrāhīm Ibn Sinān was not only the “heir” to great tradition, but also a mathematician of genius in his own right who made his own mark on the mathematics of his era.

Ibrāhīm Ibn Sinān was also heir to a historical tradition. He belonged to a privileged generation, the fourth since the Banū Mūsā. The translation of the major mathematical texts had been essentially completed and the...

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Rashed, R. (2008). Ibrāhīm Ibn Sinān. In: Selin, H. (eds) Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4425-0_9257

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