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Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya

1292 - 1350

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Shams al-Dīn Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Abī Bakr ibn Ayyūb al-Zurʿī l-Dimashqī l-Ḥanbalī (29 January 1292–15 September 1350 CE / 691 AH–751 AH), commonly known as Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya ("The son of the principal of [the school of] Jawziyyah") or Ibn al-Qayyim ("Son of the principal"; ابن القيّم) for short, or reverentially as Imam Ibn al-Qayyim in Sunni tradition, was an important medieval Islamic jurisconsult, theologian, and spiritual writer. Belonging to the Hanbali school of orthodox Sunni jurisprudence, of which he is regarded as "one of the most important thinkers," Ibn al-Qayyim was also the foremost disciple and student of Ibn Taymiyyah, with whom he was imprisoned in 1326 for dissenting against established tradition during Ibn Taymiyyah's famous incarceration in the Citadel of Damascus.Of humble origin, Ibn al-Qayyim's father was the principal (qayyim) of the School of Jawziyya, which also served as a court of law for the Hanbali judge of Damascus during the time period. Ibn al-Qayyim went on to become a prolific scholar, producing a rich corpus of "doctrinal and literary" works. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya has received more than 545,578 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya is the 587th most popular religious figure (up from 617th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Syria (up from 26th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Syrian Religious Figure.

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya is most famous for his book al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al-Tayyib. The book is a commentary on the famous work by the scholar Imam Al-Ghazali, Ihya Ulum al-Din.

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Among religious figures, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya ranks 587 out of 2,238Before him are Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía, Pope Alexander II, Catherine Labouré, Jean Meslier, Gamaliel, and Pope Theodore II. After him are Sister Lúcia, Joan Enric Vives Sicília, John Knox, Macarius of Egypt, Angelus Silesius, and Jacobus da Varagine.

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Among people born in 1292, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya ranks 2Before him is John VI Kantakouzenos. After him are Joan II, Countess of Burgundy, Elizabeth of Bohemia, Stephen II, Ban of Bosnia, and Elisenda of Montcada. Among people deceased in 1350, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya ranks 3Before him are Philip VI of France and Alfonso XI of Castile. After him are Namdev, Odo IV, Duke of Burgundy, Cápac Yupanqui, Yoshida Kenkō, Tribhuwana Wijayatunggadewi, Juan Ruiz, Johannes de Muris, and Dafydd ap Gwilym.

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Among people born in Syria, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya ranks 24 out of 181Before him are John Climacus (579), Iamblichus (245), Aemilius Papinianus (142), Al-Maʿarri (973), Ibn al-Nafis (1212), and Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (691). After him are Ananias of Damascus (100), Musa ibn Nusayr (640), Antiochus II Theos (-286), Avidius Cassius (130), Yazid II (687), and Émile Benveniste (1902).


Among religious figures born in Syria, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya ranks 4Before him are Pope Anicetus (70), Pope Gregory III (700), and John Climacus (579). After him are Ananias of Damascus (100), Émile Benveniste (1902), Romanos the Melodist (490), Maron (301), Apollinaris of Laodicea (310), Sophronius of Jerusalem (560), Ibn Asakir (1105), and Gregory III Laham (1933).