Abdallah ibn Omar al-Baidawi (Arabic: عبدالله بن عمر البيضاوي), also known as Baidawi, was a Muslim scholar, born in Fars, where his father was chief judge, in the time of the Atabek ruler Abu Bakr ibn Sa'd (1226–60). He himself became judge in Shiraz, and died in Tabriz about 1286. Many commentaries have been written on Baidawi's work. He was also the author of several theological treatises.
His major work is the commentary on the Qur'an entitled The Secrets of Revelation and The Secrets of Interpretation (Asrar ut-tanzil wa Asrar ut-ta'wil)'. This work is mainly a summary of the great Mu'tazilite commentary (al-Kashshaf) of Zamakhshari with additional notes. It is not exhaustive in any branch of theological or linguistic knowledge and is not always accurate. It has been edited by Heinrich Leberecht Fleischer (2 vols., Leipzig, 1846-1848; indices ed. W. Fell, Leipzig, 1878). There are many editions published in the East. A selection with numerous notes was edited by D. S. Margoliouth as Chrestomathia Beidawiana (London, 1894).
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Thatcher, Griffithes Wheeler (1911). "Baiḍāwī". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press which in turn cites:
- C. Brockelmann, Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (Weimar, 1898), vol. i. pp. 416–418.
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