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 483,867 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya is the 618th most popular religious figure (up from 672nd in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Syria (up from 28th in 2019) and the 5th 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 618 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Alexander II, Nicodemus, Thecla, Giulia Farnese, Mordecai, and Je Tsongkhapa. After him are Isaac Luria, Tarcisio Bertone, Nehemiah, Maria al-Qibtiyya, Onuphrius, and Athenagoras I of Constantinople.

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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, Yoshida Kenkō, Cápac Yupanqui, 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 26 out of 158Before him are Iamblichus (245), Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (691), Al-Maʿarri (973), Ibn al-Nafis (1212), Aemilius Papinianus (142), and Avidius Cassius (130). After him are Musa ibn Nusayr (640), Yazid II (687), Antiochus II Theos (-286), Émile Benveniste (1902), Adunis (1930), and Julia Maesa (165).


Among religious figures born in Syria, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya ranks 5Before him are Pope Anicetus (70), Pope Gregory III (700), John Climacus (579), and Pope Sisinnius (650). After him are Émile Benveniste (1902), Maron (301), Sophronius of Jerusalem (560), Apollinaris of Laodicea (310), Ananias of Damascus (100), Romanos the Melodist (490), and Ibn Asakir (1105).