Sayyid Kāzim al-Husayni al-Rashtī - Biography

Sayyid Kāẓim ibn Sayyid Qāsim al-Ḥusaynī al-Rashtī

(c. 1213/1798 or 1799 - d.1259/1843)

Sayyid Kāzim al-Husayni al-Rashtī :  Some introductory Biographical Notes and Sources.

Stephen Lambden

In Progress, last updated, 11-01-2016.

Sayyid Kāẓim al-Rashtī the son of Sayyid Qāsim al-Ḥusaynī was born around the mid 1780s (c. 1199/1784 or 5) or some time in the early1200s AH /1790s CE.

An extract from the Ibrahimi Fihrist summarizing some lost biographies of Sayyid Kazim Rashti

 

 

 

 

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Sayyid Kāẓim al-Rashtī.

The works of Sayyid Kazim listed below contain some important biographical data.

  • Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn ("The Proof regarding Matters Perplexing").

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 Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn

Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn (Evidence for the Perplexed), written 1258/1842.

  • 1st Arabic edition....
  • Copy of 148 pp. ms. in  Harvard University Library (USA) deriving from the Bodleian Library (Oxford Univ. UK) : "Naskhī script. Microfilm reproduction of original ms. Arab E.216 in the Bodleian Library". So noted in W-Cat. 
  • Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn,  Tabriz [?] Lithograph ed. 1276/1859-60.
  • Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn. 1st ed. [Tabriz?], 1276/1859-60.
  • Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn. 2nd (Arabic) ed. Maṭba`at al-Sa`adat, Kirmān, n. d.  [197?] 178pp.
  • Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn. Rep. of Arabic text.  Kirman : Chapkhana Sa`adat. n.d. 178pp.
  • PDf. Ar. Dalil al-mutaḥayyirīn.pdf

A work of Sayyid Kāẓim in response issues surrounding the differences between the person and doctrinal positions of Shaykh Aḥmad al-Ahsā'ī and other Shī`ī Muslims. Completed near Kufa (Iraq) 11th Rabī al-Thānī [II] 1258/ May 22nd 1842.

 Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn

The most recent Arabic 2nd ed. 3rd printing of  1423/2002  (see above) is the  very beautifully printed edition  with pictures of Shaykh Ahmad, Sayyid Kāẓim and the Kuwaiti born al-Ḥajjī Mīrzā`Abd al-Rasūl al-Ḥā'iri al-Iḥqāqī  [Born 22nd Mehr 1307 Sh. /XXXX] on the front cover (as well as on many inside  pages). .185 pp. + Index (pp.186-7)  ...

Persian Translations of the Arabic Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn

  • Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn. Translated into Persian by  his disciple Muhammad Raḍī ibn Muhammad Riḍā', 1st ed. Jumadī al-Awwal 1261/ May 1845 (Dhari`a 8:360).
  • Kitāb Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn [Tabriz?] : [publisher not identified], 1276/ 1859-60. [Microfilm] Copy in Princeton University Arabic collection, cn. 9302367.01.; Princeton University Arabic collection., Phase II. This is  the Persian translation from the Arabic by Muḥammad Raḍī ibn Muḥammad Riḍā.

There is also (see above) a Persian trans. by the Kirmani Shaykjhi leader, Zayn al-Ābidīn Ibrāhīmi

  • Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn. Trans. Zayn al-`Abidin Ibrahimi. 2nd. ed. Kirman : Chapkhana Sa`adat. n.d. 181pp.
  • PDf. Per. Dalil al-mutahayyirin-Per.pdf

  • Dalīl al-mutaḥayyirīn az taṣnīfāt-i Kāẓim Rashtī ; tarjumah-i Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn Ibrāhīmī. 2nd printing Kirmān: Chāp-Khānih Sa`adat. pp. 4 (Index)+ 181pp.
  • PDf. Dalil al-mutahayyirin-Per.pdf
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Secondary sources.

Little biographical material has been written about Sayyid Kāẓim al-Rashtī.

Algar Hamid

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Corbin, Henry

  • En Islam Iranienne

Eschraqhi, Armin

  • "Die frühen Schriften des Sayyid ´Alí-Muhammad Shírází „Báb“ (1819-1850) vor dem Hintergrund der Shaikhiyya im schi´itischen Islam. Das Beispiel der Risála fí Ithbát an-Nubuwwa al-Khássa. Einleitung, Edition und Erläuterungen“ Die Dissertation wird Ende 2004 bei Brill (Leiden) veröffentlicht.
  • `KĀẒEM RAŠTI' in EIr. : http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/kazem-rasti-sayyed

MacEoin, Denis

  • Phd Thesis (1979) Chapter Three `Sayyid Kazim Rashti' which is slightly revised in The Messiah of Shiraz, Studies in Early and Middle Babism (pp.107-137). This is the most erudite and comprehensive western historical study of Sayyid Kazim Rashti.
  • 'Rashtī, Sayyid Kāẓim ' EI2 vol. VIII (Leiden: Brill, 1995) pp. 450-451.

Momen, Moojan.

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