Raḍī al-Dī Ibn ṭāwūs (d. 664/1266 in Bagdad) used to be a tremendous determine within the historical past of Shī'ī idea. He released works on topics starting from culture (ḥadīth) and polemics to historical past and astrology. Ibn ṭāwūs was once an avid bibliophile, and his quite a few writings include remarkably special 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 gives a longer research of his library. the second one half is an annotated record of all of the works (some 660 in quantity) stated via Ibn ṭāwūs in his to be had writings. a few 3rd of those works (both Sunnī and Shī'ī) should not extant, or even the lifestyles of a few of them has hitherto now not been recognized. The works conceal quite a lot of topics, together with Qur'ānic exegesis, culture, historical past, theology, astronomy and family tree, and gives an in depth photograph of the highbrow international of a medieval Muslim pupil. Prof. Kohlberg is a number one authority on Shī'ism, and his monograph is an strange and significant contribution either to the heritage of Islam and to the background of Arabic literature and technological know-how.
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Rash~ alwalii'). :lasan al-$adr, in which IT states his intention to conceal this work. The rest of the material cited by al-Tihraru from this quire is likewise found in IT's introduction to the Falii~ al-sii'il. 6. * al-Bahja Ii (or bi) thamarat al-muhja (fi muhimmiit al-awliid wa dhikr awliidz) rWORKS 29 Dh III 159 no. 562 IJ 18/41, K 17, 86, 111, (127), 138, S 79 See cAmill, Amal, II, p. 206. This work (entitled al-Bahja in KIll and S) must be dated after 643/1245, since it was written for IT's eldest son Mul,lammad (see Raw4at, IV, p.
The title appears in IQ and K as al-Bisharat. In IQ 687/469, IT recounts a visit which he made to cAll's grave. This work was apparently still available to Mul,lammad Taql al-Majlisl's brother-in-law Kamal aI-DIn Mul,lammad b. Mu cln aI-DIn Mul,lammad al-FasawIMlrza Kamala (fl. H. Pampus, Die theologische Enzyklopadie Bi~ar aI-Anwar des Mu~am mad Baqir al-Maglis7: (1037-1110 A. H. = 1627-1699 A. ), Bonn, 1970, p. 92), since in a Rijal work which he wrote for one of his relatives he recommends reading it (according to Dh, where the work is referred to as MajmuCa rijaliyya; cf.
Al-mawalzd [al-Jah<;laml/Ibn Abll-Thalj]). ===} Iqlzd al-khizana, see al-lbana ===} K. is (ad thamarat al-fu 'ad, see K. kashf al-ma~ajja 21. * K. al-i/}tifa' Ii akhbar (or ta'rzkh, or tawarzkh) al-mulUk wa 1khulafa' Dh II 121 no. 486 K3, 34,112,114,118,132,138, MD 276 The full title is given in K 138 and MD 276 (K with ta'rzkh, MD with akhbar); elsewhere the title appears as al-I/}tifa', except for MD* fol 154b, where it is al-A/}jiya'. Judging by the title and the excerpts, it 40 WORKS appears that this work combined general history with details on IT's forebears (cf.
A Medieval Muslim Scholar at Work Ibn Tawus and his Library by Kohlberg