Mulla Muhammad Mahdi Naraqi

Mulla Muhammad Mahdi Naraqi (Persian: ملا محمد مهدی نراقی‎) (1715-1795) was a Shia philosopher and theologian in the 12th and 13th centuries AH. His son Mulla Ahmad Naraqi was one of the Shia scholar such as his father.[1][2][3] In the Qajar dynasty, he was prominent scholar at the philosophy and continued philosophical activities in the Kashan, Iran.[4]

Mulla Muhammad Mahdi Naraqi
Other namesMahdi Naraqi
Naraq, Iran
ReligionIslam, Shia
Other namesMahdi Naraqi
Senior posting
Based inMarkazi, Iran
Period in office1715-1795


Mulla Muhammad Mahdi Naraqi was born in Naraq, a city in the central district of Delijan, Markazi, Iran in 1715 AD. He was known as Muhaqiqi Naraqi (the Naraqian scholar) and Khatam al-Hukama (the signet of wises) amongst people.[5]


After preliminary studies, he went to seminary of Najaf, Iraq. After several years, he returned to Iran and went to seminary of Isfahan and educated in that seminary for thirty years. He was the master of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy, astronomy, and mathematics.[6][7] Also, he was fluent in Hebrew and Latin to connect with Jewish and Christian scholars.[7] Jame al-Sa'adat is the important work that was in the field of ethics.[6] One of his teachers was Mulla Ismail ibn Muhammad Husayn Khwajui.[8][6]


He died on 1795 (23 Muharram 1209 AH)[7] and was buried near Ali ibn Abi Talib shrine in Najaf.[9]


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  9. ^ Naraqi، Molla Muhammad Mahdi.