Bio-bibliographical sources provide yet further support for the view that Ibn Taymiyya’s influence in subsequent centuries can easily be exaggerated.
The Damascene scholarNajm al-Din al-Ghazzi wrote a biographical dictionary of Sunni scholars and notables who died in the tenth century of the Hijra (1492-1588), a work that incorporates material from biographical dictionaries by the :
Ottoman scholar: Ahmet Taskropuzade (d. 1568),
Aleppine scholar: Radi al-Din Ibn al-Hanbali (d. 1563),
Egyptian scholar: ‘Abd al-Wahhab al-Sha’rani (d. 1565), and
Damascene scholar: Ibn Tulun (d. 1564).
Al-Ghazzi’s compilation has been edited and thoroughly indexed byJibra’il Jabbur.
The index of titles mentioned by al-Ghazzi provides for an interesting contrast with the index to a contemporary introduction to Islamic religious history such as Berkey’s The Formation of Islam.
Al-Ghazzi’s text does not mention a single work by Ibn Taymiyya or Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya.
By contrast, the kalam works of
al-Taftazani are mentioned ten…
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