Bukhari, (Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Isma'il) al-


Bukhari, (Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Isma'il) al-

biographical name

(born July 19, 810, Bukhara, Central Asia—died Aug. 31, 870, Khartank, near Samarkand) Muslim compiler and scholar of Hadith. He began his study as a child in Central Asia and traveled as far as Mecca and Cairo to learn about Muhammad and his utterances. Of the 600,000 traditions he collected, he deemed 7,275 authentic and included them in Kitab al-jami' al-sahih (“Entirety of the Genuine”). His Kitab al-ta'rikh al-kabir (“The Great History”) contains biographies of those who passed on the oral traditions from the days of the Prophet to Bukhari's own era.

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