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Al-Aḥsāʾī, Shaykh Aḥmad b. Zayn al-Dīn b. Ibrāhīm (1166–1241/1753–1826), was a leading Imāmī scholar, philosopher and jurist; and originator of the influential Shaykhī school of Shiʿi Islam.

The chief sources on al-Aḥsāʾī’s life are a short treatise which he wrote for his older son, Muḥammad Taqī, dealing with the early years of his life; a work by his son, ʿAbd Allāh; and three sections of the Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn of al-Aḥsāʾī’s disciple and successor, Sayyid Kāẓim Rashtī.

Aḥmad al-Aḥsāʾī was born in the village of al-Muṭayrifī in …

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Ebrahimi, Zeinolabedin and Translated by Jawad Qasemi, “Al-Aḥsāʾī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0232>
First published online: 2015

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