Raḍī al-Dī Ibn ṭāwūs (d. 664/1266 in Bagdad) used to be an enormous determine within the historical past of Shī'ī concept. He released works on topics starting from culture (ḥadīth) and polemics to background and astrology. Ibn ṭāwūs was once an avid bibliophile, and his numerous writings comprise remarkably specific information regarding the books that he owned or learn. Kohlberg's publication is split into major components. the 1st surveys the lifestyles, operating equipment and literary output of Ibn ṭāwūs and provides a longer research of his library. the second one half is an annotated record 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 lifestyles of a few of them has hitherto no longer been recognized. The works conceal quite a lot of topics, 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 student. Prof. Kohlberg is a number one authority on Shī'ism, and his monograph is an strange and critical contribution either to the heritage of Islam and to the background of Arabic literature and technology.
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18. ~ Ijiiza (for Yusuf b. I,Iatim al-Shaml), see K. al-ijiiziit 19. * K. al-ijiiziit (Ii kashf turuq al-mafiiziit) fimii yakhu/}/}uni (or yu~/}ii) min al-ijiiziit Dh I 127 no. 610, 222 no. 1164 IQ 12/542, 147/658, MD 213, Y 34/183, 38/193, 45/210, 56/236, 74/271, 94/307 . , XXV, pp. 17-19 = BA, CVIl, pp. 37-44) from a manuscript copied by the ShahId al-Awwal. In it, IT mentions the Abwiib (completed in 648/ 1250-1) and the Kashf (completed in 649/1251-2), says he has begun work on the Mi4miir and the Masiilik al-mu~tiij from the Muhimmiit, and refers to the Iqbiil as a work still to be completed.
1254; it is not mentioned in the Ijiiziit, and if, as is probable, this is because it postdates it, then the Ibiina was written in late 650/1252-3 or the following year. 2. 15. * K. ighiithat al-diicr wa iCiinat al-siicz Dh II 249 no. 999 IQ 418/187, MD 103, 145, 294, 320-321 The excerpt in IQ comprises the text of two prayers known as du C ii' al-mul}~af al-sharzf; they are to be recited while holding a copy of 16. 36 WORKS the Qur'an above one's head. In MD 294, the Ighiitha is said to have contained a number of supplications composed by the Mahdi.
I am grateful to Professor Madelung for drawing my attention to this manuscript (referred to as 31 WORKS D*), and to Dr. A. Haji and Mr. J. Badakhshani for kindly supplying me with a microfiche copy of it. This manuscript comprises 23 chapters, as against the 120 chapters of which the work consists according to A 77/90. There are further indications that D* is not representative of the work in its original form: it contains interpolations by al-Kafca:mI (see D* fols 10a-12a, 109a-ll0a; cf. --+cflal al-shara'i c, --+Makarim alakhlaq), while material said to have been included in the original is missing (cf.
A Medieval Muslim Scholar at Work Ibn Tawus and his Library by Kohlberg