Mabādiʾ al-Wuṣūl Ilā ʿIlm al-Uṣūl

Jamāl al-Dīn Abū Manṣūr al-Ḥasan ibn Sadīd al-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Zayn al-Dīn ʿAlī ibn al-Muṭahhar al-Ḥillī
Arabic Critical Edition by Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi

Jamāl al-Dīn Abū Manṣūr al-Ḥasan b. Sadīd al-Dīn Yūsuf b. Zayn al-Dīn ʿAlī b. al-Muṭahhar al-Ḥillī (d. 726 AH/ 1325 CE) was an unrivalled scholar of the Imāmī Shīʿī ‘School of Ḥillah’, whose great mastery of the Islamic sciences earned him the unique title of al-ʿAllāmah, or ‘Doctor Maximus’. He applied his vast erudition to the paramount subject of jurisprudence, as well as making important contributions to many other fields of inquiry.

This Arabic critical edition of the Mabādiʾ al-wuṣūl ilā ʿilm al-uṣūl, is edited and introduced by Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi. It is based on six manuscripts, four of which date from the lifetime of the author. This work by al-ʿAllāmah al-Ḥillī is a testament to the revival of Shīʿī scholarship in the seventh and eighth centuries of the Hijrah. This text sets the standard for the subsequent development and discussion of Imāmī Shīʿī legal theory (uṣūl al-fiqh), such that its influence can be traced through to modern times.

This new edition comes with a full Arabic Apparatus Criticus, and will be indispensable for all scholars of Imāmī Shīʿī legal theory. It is the first Arabic critical edition of any of al-ʿAllāmah al-Ḥillī’s jurisprudential works published to date. This work is published by the Shīʿah Institute Press as part of the Maktabat al-Turāth al-Shīʿī Series.

Mabādiʾ al-wuṣūl ilā ʿilm al-uṣūl is available to purchase, please email the institute to order your copy.

ISBN: 978-0-9935884-2-6 (Hardback)