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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Spirituality
  • Language:English
  • Pages:280
  • eBook ISBN:9781939420015

Al-Kafi

Book I Intellect & Foolishness

by Muhammad ibn Ya'qub

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Overview
The edition before you represents, in part, a synthesis of centuries of research and deliberation over the text of al-Kafi. More importantly, it represents a very modern effort to update this rich tradition of scholarship by addressing the needs, as we see them, of readers living in the 21st Century. In researching each tradition mentioned in this book, ITI's team has painstakingly combed through the fifteen extant commentaries and annotations on al-Kafi, all of which were written around the 17th Century. Where we found their literary analysis and exegesis to be sound and relevant to the modern reader, we simply narrated and, at most, refined their work. Where we found their work to be wanting, or more often, where they had not addressed issues that are now vital to our understanding, we endeavored to fill the void by writing our own original commentary. We believe this book to be a testament to the continued vibrancy and rigor of Islamic scholarship among the Shi'ah, the followers of Prophet Muhammad and his twelve successors.
Description
The edition before you represents, in part, a synthesis of centuries of research and deliberation over the text of al-Kafi. More importantly, it represents a very modern effort to update this rich tradition of scholarship by addressing the needs, as we see them, of readers living in the 21st Century. In researching each tradition mentioned in this book, ITI's team has painstakingly combed through the fifteen extant commentaries and annotations on al-Kafi, all of which were written around the 17th Century. Where we found their literary analysis and exegesis to be sound and relevant to the modern reader, we simply narrated and, at most, refined their work. Where we found their work to be wanting, or more often, where they had not addressed issues that are now vital to our understanding, we endeavored to fill the void by writing our own original commentary. We believe this book to be a testament to the continued vibrancy and rigor of Islamic scholarship among the Shi'ah, the followers of Prophet Muhammad and his twelve successors.
About the author
Abu Jafar Muhammad ibn Yaqub al-Kulayni (d.328/940 or 329/941) was born in the village of Kulayn in the city of Rayy, which today is nestled in the southern suburbs of Tehran, Iran. Because of his association with Rayy, he is sometimes referred to by the epithet al-Razi. Toward the end of his life, he gained the additional epithet of al-Silsili, since he lived near Darb al-Silsilah, one of the gates of Baghdad, which led toward Kufah. He has also been referred to as Abu Ja'far al-Awar ("the One-Eyed"), presumably because he had lost one of his eyes. It was not until many centuries later that Shaykh al-Baha'i began referring to him, in his book Miftah al-falah and in some of his letters of commendation (ijazah), as Thiqat al-Islam, which means "he upon whom Islam relies." Notwithstanding its late conferral, it is by this honorific title that he is now most commonly referred. We do not know the specific year of his birth. However, by examining the dates when his teachers in Qum lived, and by assuming that he was between the ages of twenty and thirty when he studied with them, we can guess that he was born between 269/883 and 279/893. He was from a family of scholars and transmitters of traditions. His maternal grandfather, Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Kulayni, was praised by Shaykh al-Tusi as being "praiseworthy." Shaykh al-Tusi also praised that maternal grandfather's brother, Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Kulayni, as being "praiseworthy," "an eminent scholar from the city of Rayy. Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Kulayni known as Allan al-Kulayni, was his maternal uncle and the most renowned scholar from this family until Shaykh al-Kulayni's time. Shaykh al-Najashi praised Allan al-Kulayni as being trustworthy and eminent. His book, Akhbar al-qaim, became one of Shaykh al-Kulayni's sources for al-Kafi.
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