A Medieval Muslim Scholar at Work Ibn Tawus and his Library by Kohlberg

By Kohlberg

Raḍī al-Dī Ibn ṭāwūs (d. 664/1266 in Bagdad) was once a big determine within the heritage of Shī'ī inspiration. He released works on matters starting from culture (ḥadīth) and polemics to historical past and astrology. Ibn ṭāwūs used to be an avid bibliophile, and his a variety of writings comprise remarkably designated information regarding the books that he owned or learn. Kohlberg's ebook is split into major components. the 1st surveys the lifestyles, operating tools and literary output of Ibn ṭāwūs and provides a longer research of his library. the second one half is an annotated checklist of all of the works (some 660 in quantity) pointed out by way of Ibn ṭāwūs in his on hand writings. a couple of 3rd of those works (both Sunnī and Shī'ī) are usually not extant, or even the life of a few of them has hitherto no longer been identified. The works disguise quite a lot of matters, together with Qur'ānic exegesis, culture, background, theology, astronomy and family tree, and gives a close photo of the highbrow global of a medieval Muslim pupil. Prof. Kohlberg is a number one authority on Shī'ism, and his monograph is an strange and demanding contribution either to the heritage of Islam and to the background of Arabic literature and technology.

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Describes this as an epistle about 170 folios (qii'ima) long (cf. K, which consists of 196 pages, 19 lines per page), and says he gave it a second title: K. isciid thamarat alfu'iid calii saciidat al-dunyii wa I-maciid. (In cAmilI, Amal, II, p. 206, whence llaw¢iit, IV, p. arram 649/9 Apr. 1251 (his sixtieth birthday) and completed it later that year. ammad and cAlI (the latter was still a baby at the time), also includes an ijiiza to them (cf. Dh I 222 no. 1163). The book is an important source of information on IT's life and thought, and also provides details of his library.

Al-manaqib of Abu cUmar (or CAmr) al-Zahid Ghulam Tha clab (d. ca. 345/956-957) (see List under this title; cf. GAS, VIII, p. 158). 3. * ai-Anwar al-bahira /f ntil}ar ai-Citra al-tahira Dh II 418 no. 1656 MF 93/104, T$ 531, Y 5-8/122-125, 207/525 This work (for which see the editors' introduction to y2, 38-42) dealt with subjects similar to those of the Yaqfn; for this reason, IT incorporated its khutba in his introduction to the Yaqfn (Y 6-8/123-125). e. in 659/1261 or later (but not after 662/1264); see Y 8/125; cf.

Camal al-shahr, by which it is referred to in IQ (except IQ 23/553) and J. It is not to be confused with K. camal shahr Rama4iin, which is an alternative title of the Mi4miir. According to al-Majlisl (BA, XCIV, pp. Ial-DIn CAll b. Yusuf, brother of the cAllama al-I:IillI, for his K. al-Cudad alqawiyya (of which al-Majlisl possessed the second part; see BA, XCVII, p. 224, XCVIII, p. 191); and the work became an object of imitation for later writers as well (Raw4iit, III, p. 265). A characteristic of the Duru Cwhich it shares with the Zii'ir and (to a lesser degree) with the J amiil and the Luhuf is that in these works IT often fails to reveal his sources.

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