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Sayyid Kāẓim ibn Sayyid Qāsim al-Ḥusaynī al-Rashtī (d.1259/1843) - Bib. II Western Lamguages.

Sayyid Kāẓim ibn Sayyid Qāsim al-Ḥusaynī al-Rashtī


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

Stephen Lambden

In Progress, last updated, 12-09-2015.

Little biographical material has been written about Sayyid Kāẓim al-Rashtī. We may note at the outset (in loosely chronological order) the following important notes, essays and materials by western scholars and academics:


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. :


Edward Granville Browne (d. Cambridge, 1926).

This great Cambridge Persianist made only slight and occasional mention of SKR.

Esposito, John L.  -  Affiliation: Georgetown University

  • Sayyid Kazim Rashti' in  The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

MacEoin, Denis,

  • Phd Thesis (1979) Chapter Three `Sayyid Kazim Rashti' as slight 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.

MacEoin: Shaykhi and related articles in EI2, EI3 & EIr.

  • 'al-Aḥsā'ī, Shaykh Aḥmad b. Zayn al-Dīn'. in Enc. Iranica vol. 1:  674-679. 
  • `Balasari' Enc. Iranica vol. 3 pp. 583-585.
  • Cosmology  vii - In Shaykhism', Enc. Iranica Vol. 6 : 326-328.
  • 'Rashtī, Sayyid Kāẓim ' EI2 vol. VIII (Leiden: Brill, 1995) pp. 450-451.

Momen, Moojan.

  • `Sayyid Kazim Rashti'    Encyclopedia article in Database: World Religions: Beliefs, Practices, and Culture

A. L. M. Nicolas (1864-1937)   

 Perhaps the earliest western bibliographical listing of  Sayyid Kāẓim's Arabic and Persian writings, was that of the French scholar of Babism and Shaykhism,  A. L. M. Nicolas (d. 1937). In vol.2 of his also  4 volume  Essai sur le Shaykhism...  he utilized the Fīhrist-i Sayyid  (see above) for both his  list of the works of Shaykh Aḥmad (in the Essai sur le Cheikhisme, I. Cheikh Ahmed Lahçahi, (Paris, 1910), 63-72) as well Sayyid Kazim in his  Essai sur le Cheikhisme, II SÉYYED KAZEM RECHTI. (see SOAS mss. ADD). In this latter work  (Ch. II: 32-36 ), Nicholas includes a French (Persianized)  transliterated list  of 135 major writings of Sayyid Kāẓim Rashtī. The list will be repeated in the URL below with a modern English transliteration added :