Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi

Full name: 
Abu ‘Abd ar-Raḥmān al-Khalīl ibn Aḥmad ibn ‘Amr ibn Tammām al-Farāhīdī al-Azdī al-Yaḥmadī
Arabic name: 
أبو عبد الرحمن الخليل بن أحمد الفراهيدي
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In the year 248 AH (862-3 CE), a bookseller arrived in Basra from the province of Khurasan in North-east Persia, bringing with him a dictionary of the Arabic language in forty-eight parts or copy-books. Its title was "Kitab al-'Ain" (the book of the letter 'Ain), and it was ascribed to a famous scholar who had been dead for over 70 years. This man was Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad or, to give him his full name, Abu 'Abd al-Rahman al-Khalil ibn Ahmad ibn 'Amr ibn Tammam al Farahidi (or al-Furhudi) al-Azdi al Yahmadi.

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