A Persian Polymath Under the Ilkhānids: Retelling al-Bayḍāwī’s Life Story


Fri, 09/30/2022 - 3:00pm


Part of the Fall 2022 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series

Mohamed Moustafa, PhD Candidate, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies, UA

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Al-Bayḍāwī, who was known by the honorifics al-Qāḍī (the Judge) and Nāṣir al-Dīn (the Supporter of the Religion), flourished during the 13th century under the Ilkhānids. He was a polymath who wrote important works on law, legal theory, tafsīr, and systematic theology. Some of his works were a staple for madrasa curricula during the post-classical period. However, there are aspects of his biography that need to be retold in light of new evidence as well as re-reading of the primary sources. I retell his life story to demystify aspects of his biography, such as his date(s) of death, his allegedly low profile, his career, and network.


Mohamed Moustafa, currently working on his PhD in classical Islamic studies, specifically works on the Quran commentary of a Persian scholar named al-Qadi al-Baydawi, whose Anwar al-Tanzil was the top work on tafsir in Ottoman times. He published a paper on Ibn Taymiyya's ontology of the human soul, a couple of book reviews, and contributions to Brill's series on Christian-Muslim Relations.

This event will be held in-person in Marshall 490. Masks are recommended.


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