Muhammad Amin al-Astarabadi

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Muhammad Amin al-Astarabadi (died 1461) was an Iranian theologian and founder or proponent of the conservative (akhbari) strand in Twelver Shi'a Islamic belief, that is, those who favor hadith over fatwās.

Astarabadi saw himself as a "reviver" of a lost tradition. He was followed by a number of scholars who explicitly identified themselves with the akhbari. These scholars called for the return to the hadith sources, in a belief that the words and actions of the imams were readily seen, but had been corrupted by centuries of excessive commentary.


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