Tuḥfat al-abrār fī manāqib al-aʾimma al-aṭhār


ʿImād al-Dīn Ṭabarī (fl. 2nd half 7th/13th cent.) was a Shīʿī religious scholar. Little is known about his personal life, just that he was born in Ṭabaristān (today’s Māzandarān) and that he was from the generation after Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī (d. 672/1274). It is not known with whom he studied or when he left his region of origin. What we do know, is that he lived until 667/1268–9 in Burūjird, that in 671/1272–3 he was a resident of Qum, and that in 672/1273–4, Bahāʾ al-Dīn al-Juwaynī (d. 683/1284)—then chancellor of the exchequer under the Mongol ruler Abāqā Khān (d. 680/1282)—sent him to Isfahan to polemicise against the enemies of the Shīʿa. He is the author of some 18 works, ten of which are on Imamism, the doctrine on which Twelver Shīʿism is founded. The Persian Tuḥfat al-abrār is one of these, published here for the very first time.

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