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Burhan al-Din or Burhan al-Islam al-Zarnuji also spelled az-Zarnuji (d. 602 AH/1223) was a Muslim scholar and the author of the celebrated pedagogical work Ta'līm al-Muta'allim-Ṭarīq at-Ta'-allum (Instruction of the Student: The Method of Learning).

A manuscript of al-Zarnuji's Ta'līm al-Muta'allim-Ṭarīq at-Ta'-allum


Al-Zarnuj was born and lived in Zarnuj, a well-known town beyond the river Oxus in the present Turkistan. Burhan al-Din(proof of Din) or Burhan al-Islam(proof of Islam) al-Zarnuji were his agnomen, or moniker. Collections of biographies believed that his given name was al-Nu'man ibn Ibrahim.

He studied with many shaykhs including: Shaykh Burhān al-Dīn ‘Alī ibn Abī Bakr al-Marghīnānī (1152–1197) author of Al-Hidāyah, Shaykh Abu al-Muhamid Qawaduddin Hammad ibn Ibrahim al-Saffar; the great Shaykh Hasan ibn Mansur Qadiykhani; and others.

The exact date of his death is unknown, though it is speculated that he died in 602 AH/1223 or 640 AH/1242-1243 in Bukhara.


Al-Zarnuji's treatise, Ta'līm al-Muta'allim-Ṭarīq at-Ta'-allum, is a short introduction to the secrets of attaining knowledge. Acknowledged by many[citation needed] as a book in which even the most advanced and experienced teachers find advice they have yet to apply in their teaching, this book serves to create the proper[citation needed] framework for the Sharia program and its students and teachers alike.


Huda, M., & Kartanegara, M. (2015a). Islamic Spiritual Character Values of al-Zarnūjī’s Taʻlīm al-Mutaʻallim. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 6(4), 229. DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2015.v6n4s2p229 Huda, M., & Kartanegara, M. (2015b). Ethical Foundation of Character Education in Indonesia: Reflections on Integration between Ahmad Dahlan and al-Zarnuji In Persidangan Antarabangsa Tokoh Ulama Melayu Nusantara (PanTUMN) (pp. 404–420). Selangor: Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (KUIS). DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.5082.1605