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Ibn Shahr Ashoub (Persian:ابن شهر آشوب) is a shia man of commentary, traditionist, a man of literate and also a jurist. He is an early eminent scholar among shia community in the investigation of hadith and also Quranic sciences.[1]


His complete name is Abu Jafar Muhammad Ibn Ali Ibn Shahr Ashub.[2] It seems that he originally was from Sari, Iran city of Mazandaran province.[2] Of course we know a little about his life and its details. Rather we cannot speak with certainty about his place of birth. It is said that he memorized the whole Quran.

Scientific journeyEdit

Since that Ibn Shahr Ashoub was a traditionist, he traveled to many cities and countries for listening and collecting Hadith. First he traveled to Baghdad during Al-Muqtafi as Abbasid Caliphate, then to Mosul and after to Aleppo. He also traveled to Khorasan before going to Baghdad. Also he was for a while in Neishabour, sabzevar and kharazm. Also it is said that he visited some cities such as Isfahan, Ray, Kashan and Hamadan. Apparently when he was in Aleppo, both Ibn Batriq and Ibn Idris had listened to him. Ibn Shahr Asoub migrated and also died in Aleppo.[3]


According to pakatchi, Ibn Shahr Asoub had many popular masters in hadith such as follow:

  • Ahmad Ghazali
  • Ja Allah zamakhshari
  • Abu Ali Tabarsi
  • Abul Hasan Beihaqi farid Khorasan
  • Khatib-e- khawrazm
  • Qotb Addin Ravandi


He left many books but some of them have been published. He wrote Manaqib Of Ale Abi Talib in praise of the virtues of Imam Ali.[4] Some sermon also narrated by him for the first time.[5] The most important books by him could be listed as below:

Theological beliefsEdit

At the same time some other scholars believe that Ibn Shahr Ashoub not only believe in Imam's knowledge to Qhayb but he refers to it by reports from Imam Ali including possessing knowledge of Unseen and prophesy future events such as times of death of various people.[6] On the other hand, some scholars think that he believed that both Imams and prophets couldn't have any knowledge of the Ghayb (absence) and that of past and future. Ibn Shahr Asoub denied these kinds of knowledge for imams and prophets. He believed, if this belief would be correct then we believe in parties for God. Instead he had believed that Imams and prophets just have knowledge of religion and law.[7] he also referred to the point that Fatima has addressed by divine message.[8]


He died when he had residence in Aleppo. He was buried near a place by the name of Jabal Al joshan known as mashahd al Hosein.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "دائرة المعارف بزرگ اسلامی:ابن شهرآشوب".
  2. ^ a b "Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature".
  3. ^ "Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies: Understanding the Past".
  4. ^ "A Medieval Muslim Scholar at Work".
  5. ^ "The Spirituality of Shi'i Islam".
  6. ^ "Speaking for Islam".
  7. ^ "Scripture and Exegesis in Early Imāmī-Shiism".
  8. ^ "Islamic Images and Ideas".