Muḥammad al-Kisāʾī

Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh al-Kisāʾī (Arabic: محمد الكسائي) (ca. 1100 CE) wrote a work on Stories of the Prophets (Qiṣaṣ al-Anbiyā). It has been characterised as "one of the best-loved versions of the prophetic tales".[1]: xix 



Al-Kisāʾī produced a collection of Stories of the Prophets; according to Wheeler M. Thackston, its date "is highly uncertain, although the prevalent opinion is that it must have been written not long before 1200".[1]: xix  It includes exegetic information not found elsewhere[2] and elaborates on earlier exegesis with a fuller narrative and folkloric elements from oral traditions now lost[2] that often parallel those from Christianity. He includes two prophets, Shem and Eleazar, not named in later literature as prophets.[3] The work often cites ʿAbd Allāh ibn Salām (d. 663), Kaʿb al-Aḥbār (d. c. 652), and Wahb ibn Munabbih (d. c. 730), who were understood as foundational authorities on pre-Islamic Abrahamic traditions in early Islam.[1]: xiii  It was later translated into Persian by Muḥammad ibn Ḥasan al-Daydūzamī.[1]: xix 

Editions and translations

  • al-Kisāʾī, Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ / Vita Prophetarum, ed. by I. Eisenberg (Leiden 1922–23)
  • Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh al-Kisāʾī, The Tales of the Prophets of al-Kisa’i, trans. by Wheeler M. Thackston Jr. ([Chicago, IL]: Great Books of the Islamic World, 1997), ISBN 187103101X


  1. ^ a b c d al-Kisāʾī, Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh (1997). The Tales of the Prophets of al-Kisa’i. Translated by Thackston Jr., Wheeler M. [Chicago, IL]: Great Books of the Islamic World. ISBN 187103101X.
  2. ^ a b Wheeler. Historical Dictionary of Prophets in Islam and Judaism, Al-Kisaʾi.
  3. ^ Noegel, Scott B.; Wheeler, Brannon M. (April 2010). The a to Z of Prophets in Islam and Judaism. ISBN 9781461718956.