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Hawi al-aqwal
Bibliographical Information
Author Shaykh 'Abd al-Nabi Jaza'iri
Original title حاوی الاقوال فی معرفة الرجال
Language Arabic
Series 4 volumes
Subject Rijal
Published 1418/1997
Publisher Institute of al-Hidaya Li Ihya' al-Turath

Hāwi al-'aqwāl fi ma’rifat al-rijal (Arabic: حاوی الأقوال فی معرفة الرجال) is a book in Arabic in rijal, written by Shaykh 'Abd al-Nabi Jaza'iri (d. 1021/1612). The author divided the book to four parts titled by rijal terms and discussed the biography of 2358 transmitters of hadiths. In writing the book, he mostly referred to the activities and speeches of al-Najashi, al-Shaykh al-Tusi and al-Allama al-Hilli.


At the beginning of the book, 'Abd al-Nabi Jaza'iri said that he wrote this book following an istikhara by the Qur'an and named it Hawi al-aqwal fi ma'rifat al-rijal. In al-Dhari'a, Aqa Buzurg mentioned it as Rijal of Shaykh 'Abd al-Nabi Jaza'iri.

Introduction of the Book

In the introduction of the book, the author mentioned some issues in rijal:

  • Definition and explanation of the subject matter of rijal
  • Reason for precedence of "jarh" over "ta'dil"
  • The necessity of testimony of two just people for proving the purity of a transmitter of hadith
  • Accepting the hadiths a transmitter of hadith transmitted previous to his deviations of beliefs
  • Ways of distinguishing between transmitters of hadith in case of the similarity of names
  • The seven schools of Shi'a
  • The difference between "asl" and "nawadir"


In writing this book, the author referred especially to rijal books of al-Najashi, al-Shaykh al-Tusi and al-'Allama al-Hilli. He first mentioned the opinion of Najashi with exact wording, without the chains of transmission of hadiths, then he mentioned the opinion of al-Hilli in Khulasat al-aqwal. Then, he mentioned the views of al-Shahid al-Thani and al-Shaykh al-Tusi in al-Rijal and al-Fihrist. This way, he tried to show which transmitter of hadith is mentioned in which of the five Shi'a principle in rijal. At the end of the discussions about every name, the author approves or rejects the issues and clarifies the state of the transmitter of hadith very well.


The book is divided to four parts of Sihah, Hasan, Muwaththiqin and Di'af and ordered alphabetically. The total number of people studied reaches 2358.

In the section about Sihah, 763 people are mentioned who are considered as reliable. After this section, the author has studied those who are mentioned in Khulasat al-aqwal and then mentioned Shi'a personalities and sources of hadiths after the time of al-Shaykh al-Tusi.

The second section is Hasan, referring to those whose reliability is not explicitly mentioned. It includes 80 people. At the end of this section, some friends and special companions of Imam Ali (a) and also the tribes of Rabi'a and Yaman are discussed.

In the third section, 62 reliable people are studied, who are introduced as reliable even with their corruption of beliefs. The fourth section is about weak ones who are 1168 of praised and unknown ones.


At the end of the book, Jaza'iri has mentioned some points:

  • Kunyas and titles of famous figures
  • Explanation of some chains of transmission of hadiths
  • Explanation of the similarity of names
  • The meaning of " 'Iddat-un min ashabina" (some of our companions) in al-Kulayni's hadiths
  • Criticized ones among the companions of Imams (a)
  • Owners of the letters by Imams (a)
  • Dates of birth and martyrdom of Imams (a)
  • Knowing tribes

Versions and Prints

The two available versions of the book are:

  • The version in the library of Iranian Majlis. This is the version the author presented to the writer which seems to be his son to write it with a good handwriting. After finishing the writing, the writer has read the script to the author and he has added some newer points and corrected some mistakes of the writer.

Hawi al-aqwal was published in (1418/1997) with the research of Riyad Habib al-Nasiri by the institute al-Hidaya Li Ihya' al-Turath in Qom.


The material for this article is mainly taken from حاوی الاقوال فی معرفة الرجال (کتاب in Farsi WikiShia.