Raḍī al-Dī Ibn ṭāwūs (d. 664/1266 in Bagdad) used to be a big determine within the background of Shī'ī proposal. He released works on matters starting from culture (ḥadīth) and polemics to background and astrology. Ibn ṭāwūs used to be an avid bibliophile, and his quite a few writings comprise remarkably designated information regarding the books that he owned or learn. Kohlberg's publication is split into major elements. the 1st surveys the existence, operating equipment and literary output of Ibn ṭāwūs and gives 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 means of Ibn ṭāwūs in his on hand 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 hide a variety of matters, 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 critical contribution either to the background of Islam and to the heritage of Arabic literature and technology.
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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. See further Kohlberg, "Polemic". AITihranI does not mention any manuscripts of this work, referring only to the Iran 1306 edition. Several Persian translations are noted by Mushar (Fihrist, pp. 1306, 2484). sin al-Fay<;l (d. g. his K. al-u~ul al-a~7:1a, ed. addith, Tehran, 1349 Sh/1390, p. rr WORKS 42 175; al-Ma~ajja al-bay4ii', ed. cAll Akbar al-GhaffarI, Tehran, 133942 Sh, I, pp.
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. T$ 531. Initially the title of the Anwar was al-Tal}rf~ bi l-nal}l} al-l}arf~ (or al-l}a~f~) min rabb al- C alamfn wa sayyid al-mursalfn cala CAlf b.
912, no. 10. This work is also known under other titles, including K. faraj al-mahmum fi ta'rfkh Culamii' al-nujum. arram 650/2 Apr. 1252 (see N 260). There is some difficulty with this date, since in N 147 ( = N* fol 98b) IT refers to his move to Baghdad in 652/1254-5. arnmad Ri<;la al-Shablbl (Mu'arrikh al-Clriiq Ibn al-Fuwatz, II/I, p. 236) to cast doubt on the date mentioned at the end of the Nujum and to suggest that it was written around the time of the fall of Baghdad. While this suggestion is not impossible, there are two points which render it implausible: first, IT is known to have lived in Karbala' in 650/1252-3, and it is difficult to assume that both date and place as they appear in N 260 are wrong.