Abū Ibrāīm Ismā'īl ibn Yahyā Ibn Ismā'īl Ibn 'Amr Ibn Muslim Al-Muzanī Al-Misrī (791/2 – 878) was an Islamic jurist and theologian and one of leading member of Shafi'i school. A native of Cairo, he was a close disciple and companion of Imam Shafi'i. He has been called Al-Imam, al-'Allamah, Faqih al-Millah, and 'Alam az-Zahad.[2] He was skilled in the legal verdicts and became one of the inheritors of Imam Shafi’i. Imam Shafi’i said about him: " al-Muzani is the standard-bearer of my school". He lived an ascetic life and died at the age of 89 on the 24th of Ramadan 264/30 May 878 and was buried near Imam al-Shafi'i.

Isma'il ibn Yahya Al-Muzani
BornAH 175 (791/792) CE
DiedAH 264 (877/878) CE
Cairo, Egypt
EraAbbasid Caliphate
Muslim leader


He wrote several works, among the most famous being his abridgement of Imam Shafi’i's al-Umm and a theology book named Sharh al-Sunnah, a Sunni creed. He wrote several other works such as al-Jami’ al-Kabir, al-Saghir, al-Manthur, al-Targhib fi al-‘Ilm, al-Masa’il al-Mu’tabarah, and al-Watha’iq. He was known to have debated many scholars on a variety of issues, mostly with the Hanafi scholars. He is also the uncle of Abu Ja'far al-Tahawi, an important scholar and Imam of the Hanafi school.


  1. ^ "Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal and the Qur'an". jstor.org. JSTOR. Archived from the original on 3 October 2021. Men would assert as a badge of orthodoxy that their creed was Aḥmad's (e.g. Muzanī, Ṭabirī, Ashʿarī).
  2. ^ "الكتب - سير أعلام النبلاء - الطبقة الرابعة عشر - المزني- الجزء رقم12". library.islamweb.net. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.