Scholars - History & Politics

The Elixir of Love

Spiritual lessons on the love of Allah (swt) from the life of the 20th century spiritual exemplar, Shaykh Rajab Ali Khayyat.

Rays of the Sun

Stories from the personal and public life of the great scholar and leader of the Islamic revolution in Iran.

Great Shi'i Works: 'Kitab al-Irshad' by Al-Mufid

A biography of the Shi'i scholar Shaykh al-Mufid, and a description of his book 'Kitab al-Irshad' which contains biographies of each of the 14 infallibles.

Great Shi'i Works: 'Tahdhib al-Ahkam' and 'Al-Istibsar' by Al-Tusi

Biography of Shaykh al-Tusi, and descriptions of two of the four major works of Shi'i hadith.

Fiqh and Fuqaha

An introduction to fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) containing forty-four life sketches of great scholars.

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Uswat Al-Aarifeen: A Look at the Life of Ayatullah Bahjat

A summary of what has been written about the dreat gnostic Ayatullah Bahjat. It includes anecdotes from his life, his teachings and the views of others.

A Brief Biography in Memory of His Late Holiness Ayatullah al-Uzma Sayyid Abul-Qasim al-Khui


This article was abridged and published in Noor al-Islam magazine of Beirut, Lebanon, in its issue dated November/December 1992.

Great Shi'i Works: Al-Kafi' by Al-Kulayni

A short biography of Shaykh Al-Kulayni, and a description of his great work Al-Kafi, one of the four principal books of Shi'i hadith.

Eternal Manifestations: 80 Stories from the life of Allama Tabatabai (ra)

A collection of eighty spiritually uplifting stories from the life of Allama Tabatabai (ra) showing his dedication to Islam and his striving at attaining nearness towards Allah.

Ahmad Luqmani 5,290 0

Great Shi'i Works: 'Man la yahduruh al-Faqih' by Al-Saduq

Biography of the Shaykh al-Saduq, and a description of his book Man La Yahduruh al-Faqih, one of the four major books of Shi'i hadith.

Four Centuries of Influence of Iraqi Shiism on Pre-Safavid Iran

Explores the spread of Shi'ism in Iran, particularly the teachings of Shaykh al-Tusī (Tusi). Also includes detailed information about Allamah Hilli.

A Short Treatise on The Guardianship of the Jurist

In this book, the author discusses in detail the concept of the Guardianship of the Jurist from an historical perspective, analysing the textual authority for its implementation while clarifying it

The Alleged Role of Khawajah Nasir al-Din al-Tusi in the Fall of Baghdad

A refutation of accusations against the great philosopher, theologian and scholar Khwajah Nasir al-Din al-Tusi.

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Lessons from the Lives of Ulema

Anecdotes from the lives of Islamic Scholars

Abbas Jaffer 3,983 1

A Meeting with Imam Khomeini

A remarkable description of a meeting between the late Imam Khomeini and the journalist Robin Woodsworth Carlsen.

Imam Khomeini: A Short Biography

A preliminary sketch, intended to acquaint the reader with the outlines of the Imam’s life and the main aspects of his person as an Islamic leader of exceptional stature.

Dr. Hamid Algar 3,419 0

The Place of al-Mufid in the Development of Shi'i Kalam and Fiqh

Aspect of Shaykh Al-Mufid's work, Independence of the school of the Ahlul Bayt, Model for Shi'i Fiqh and Kalam.

An Introduction to Imamiyyah Scholars Major Shia Thinkers of the Fifth/Eleventh Century

A brief introduction to the contemproary scholars of the imamiyah shia and their works

Imam Khomeini’s Last Will and Testament

The text of the political and religious testament of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the Founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran,' Imam Khomeini

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General Principles of Imam Khumaynis Political Thought

Includes topics such as alliance and separation between religion and politics, duty of religious leaders, necessity of government in the absence of the 12th Imam (a), and Wilayat al-Faqih (Absolute

The Shi'ah and Islamic Disciplines

The writer is an erudite scholar who, with authority discusses the Islamic and Arabic sciences, the factors responsible for their emergence and the various stages of their development throughout Sh

Al-Wahid al-Behbahani, Man of Intellect

This book is one of the series of books on biographies of those scholars having played a bright role in the world of thought and knowledge.

Abbas al-Abiri 1,962 0

Method in Mufids Kalam and in Christian Theology

About al‑Mufid's own notion of kalam, how he carried it out, and a comparison with the theological method.

Shiite Authorities in the Age of Minor Occultation Part II

In this paper, the author studies the personality and role of a great Shi‘a jurisprudents and scholar of hadith who led the community during the Age of Minor Occultation (260-329 A.H), namely Muham

A Lecture on Nahjul Balagha

This book aims to clarify some of the misunderstandings shown by some people about Nahjul Balagha.

Sayyid Razi Life and Work

Sayyid Razi Life and Work
By: Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Mahdi Ja'fari
Translated by Mahdi Chamanzar

Al-Shahid al-Thani: Zayn al-Din al-Jub'i al-Amili

This book about Shahid al-Thani is part of the series “Meeting the Pious”.

Ali Sadiqi 1,618 0

The Perfect Arif

This presentation is about the great gnostic (Arif), Muhammad Ali Shahabadi, who was also a teacher of Imam Khomeini.

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Interview with the Daughter of Allamah Tabataba’i

A conversation with Khānum Najma Sādāt Tabātabā’ī (Daughter of ‘Allāma Tabātabā’ī)

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Whisperings of a Mystic

This presentation is a selection from the mystical poetry of Imam Khomeini [ra]. It was prepared in the memory of this great personality.

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Spiritual journeying in the Words of Shi’a Mystics

In the Islamic mysticism and ethics, ‘wakefulness’ (yaqzah) is the first stage of journey to God and the first phase of spiritual journey.This text explores the way to wakefulness with the word and

In the Memory of a Great Teacher

This presentation discusses the great teacher, Martyr Murtadha Mutahhari, his uniqueness and his works!

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Ruhullah Look What I Did For You

This presentation talks about the blessings that Allah bestowed upon Imam Khomeini; and the lessons that we can learn from that.

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Tawassul in the Conduct of Great Scholars

This article offers a brief explanation of tawassul, its levels, and focuses on examples of scholars' emphasis on calling on to the Infallibles as a source of spiritual upliftment and a key solutio

A Tribute to Sheikh Al-Tusi

A Tribute to Sheikh Al-Tusi الطوسي الحسن بن محمد شيخ

Yasin T. Al-Jibouri

Lady Nusrat Beygum Amin

Sayyida Nusrat Beygum Amin was one of the most outstanding female jurisprudents and theologians of the 20th century.

Shiite Authorities in the Age of the Major Occultation Part 3: Sayyid Murtadha

Abu Al-Qasim Ali Ibn Husain Al-Sharif Al-Murtadha (d. 436 A.H), known as Sayyid Al-Murtadha, was one of the most renowned scholars of his time.

Al-Shahid Al-Awwal Faqih Al-Sarbidaran

A detailed story of the life of Muhammad Shams Al-Din, known as Al-Shahid Al-Awwal Faqih Al-Sarbidaran

Lectures of Martyred Ayatollah Beheshti

Ayatollah Beheshti, one of the helping hands of Imam Khomeini in the Iranian Islamic Revolution, has delivered along his life many lectures.

Shi‘ite Authorities in the Age of Major Occultation Part 1: Sheikh Mufid

This paper offers an explanation of Sheikh Mufid’s efforts to revive the principles of fiqh and kalam, a brief history of the political situation during his time, and his status with prominent scho

Shi’a Authorities in the Age of the Major Occultation Part 4: Sheikh Tusi

This article studies the status, jurisprudential initiative, and religious authority of Sheikh Tusi, including a list of his teachers, students, and works on subjects such as hadith, exegesis, juri

Shi‘ite Authorities in the Age of the Major Occultation Part 2: Sayyid Radhi

This article presents a brief account of the life of Abu al-Hasan Muhammad ibn al-Husayn, known as Sayyid Radhi, his teachers, and students, as well as his services and achievements that attested t

Spiritual Accounting Based on Muhasaba al-Nafs by Sayyid ibn Tawus

This article introduces the work of Sayyid ibn Tawus called Muhasaba al-Nafs, offering a biography of the author, an overview of the book, and a summary of each chapter, which includes topics such

Shi‘ite Authorities in the Age of Minor Occultation, Part 3: Shaykh Saduq

A brief presentation of the life and works of Sheikh Saduq

Unclear (Mutashabih) Verses According to Ibn Shahr Ashub

This article offers an account of Mutashabih al-Qur'an wa Mukhtalafuh by Ibn Shahr Ashub; the work offers both his ideas and notable scholars' ideas and examples to explain the three groups of equi

An Introduction to the Collection of Warram

In addition to the biography of the author and various names of the book, this paper presents a general outlook of its authenticity and content, and offers citations of its narrations in other Hadi

Allamah Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i, Philosopher, Exegete and Gnostic

A detailed biography of the great scholar Allamah Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i by Hamid Algar.

Humility in the Conduct of Great Scholars

In this article, examples of virtuous humility in some contemporary great scholars’ conduct have been provided, and praiseworthy humility referred to in the Holy Qur’an and hadiths have been introd

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