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Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Thalabi
DiedAH 427 (1035/1036)
EraMedieval era

Al-Thaʿlabi (Abū Isḥāḳ Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm al-Nīsābūrī al-Thaʿlabī أبو اسحاق أحمد بن محمد بن ابراهيم الثعلبي, d. d. November 1035) was an eleventh-century Islamic scholar of Persian origin.[1]

He was accorded a high rank by Sunni scholars. In Tabaqat al-Kubra of Volume 3 page 23 the appraisal of Thalabi is as follows:

Allamah Thalabi was the greatest scholar of his time with regard to knowledge of the Quran and Imam of Ahl'ul Sunnah, Abu Qasim al Qurshree commented " I saw Allah in a dream, I was conversing with Him and vice versa, during our conversation, Allah said ' a pious man is coming, I looked and Ahmad bin Thalabi was coming towards us."[This quote needs a citation]


Al-Thaʿlabī is known for two works: the Tafsir al-Thalabi and a book on the stories of the prophets, ʿArāʾis al-madjālis fī ḳiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ.[2] The latter has been characterised as 'a work of popular imagination designed for education and entertainment. Organised according to the historical sequence of the prophets, many of the accounts are elaborations from the same sources used by al-Ṭabarī ... It has become the standard source of Islamic prophet stories, alongside the work of al-Kisāʾī'. Unlike al-Thaʿlabī's Tafsīr, this has been printed many times.[3]

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  1. ^ Frye, ed. by R.N. (1975). The Cambridge history of Iran (Repr. ed.). London: Cambridge U.P. p. 469. ISBN 978-0-521-20093-6.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ A. Rippin, “al-T̲h̲aʿlabī”, in Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 30 September 2018. doi:10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7517, ISBN 9789004161214.
  3. ^ A. Rippin, “al-T̲h̲aʿlabī”, in Encyclopædia of Islam, ed. by P. J. Bearman and others, 2nd edn, 12 vols (Leiden: Brill, 1960–2005), [[doi:10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7517|http://dx.doi.org10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7517[permanent dead link]]].