Shaykh Tabarsi

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Muslim scholar
Fadhl ibn Hasan al-Tabarsi
Born 468 AH (1073 AD/CE) Mashad
Died 548 AH (1153 AD/CE) Bayhaq
Region Iran
Creed Shi'a Twelver
Main interest(s) Tafsir
Notable work(s) Majma' al-Bayan
Shrine of Shaykh Ṭabarsí

Abu Ali Fadhl ibn Hasan Tabarsi (Persian/Arabic:ابوعلى فضل بن حسن طبرسى) known as Shaykh Tabarsi, was a 12th-century Persian Shia scholar who died in 548 AH (1153 CE).[1]

Life[edit]

Tabarsi was born in the year 468 AH (1073 AD/CE) in Tabaristan province or some scholars said in Tafresh a city which was named at those days Tabres, Iran.[2] He lived and taught in Mashad until the year 523 AH (1128 AD). He wrote a number of books on doctrine, theology, ethics and grammar. He wrote his famous work, a commentary on the Quran, when he was over the age of sixty, living in Sabzawar.[3]

He had many students, most famous are his son Radhi ad-Din Tabarsi, author of the book Makarim al-Akhlaq, and Ibn Shahr-e Ashub. He was killed in the Oghuz invasion to Khorasan.[4] The location of his grave is disputed as to it being within the Imām Ridhā Shrine complex[1][5] or whether it lies in Mazandaran[citation needed]. The shrine located in Mazandaran was the location of the battle between the forces of the Shah of Persia and the Bábís, followers of the Báb, over the period October 10, 1848 to May 10, 1849.

Work and contribution[edit]

Tabarsi had many works, but only around 20 of his books are survived to the present time. His main work is Majma‘ al-bayān (Compendium of Elucidations on the Exegesis of the Quran), a commentary (tafsir) of Qur'an. While Shia Scholars have written many commentaries of the Quran, none has been able to match the eloquence and magnitude of his book.[2] He completed writing this book in the year 534 AH (1139 AD). His other works are al-Kafi al-shall and Jawami al-Jami.[3]

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