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Jahangir Khan Qashqa'i

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Personal Information
Full Name Jahangir Khan Qashqa'i
Birth 1243/1827
Studied in Isfahan
Death 1328/1910
Burial Place Takht-i Fulad Cemetery, Isfahan
Scholarly Information
Professors Muhammad Rida Qumshi'i, Shaykh Muhamamd Hasan Najafi, Shaykh Muhammad Baqir Najafi etc.
Students Hajj Aqa Rahim Arbab, Sayyid Husayn Tabataba'i Burujirdi, Shaykh Muhammad Hakim Khurasani, Shaykh Hasan 'Ali Isfahani Nukhudaki etc.

Jahāngīr Khān Qashqāʾī (Persian: جهانگیرخان قشقایی) (b. 1243/1827 - d. 1328/1910) was a Shiite philosopher, faqih and mystic of 13th/19th century. Although he started his educations when he was in his middle ages, he learned the disciplines of his time enthusiastically and soon was considered as a great teacher of philosophy and fiqh. Many well-known scholars were students of Jahangir Khan, people such as Sayyid Husayn Tabataba'i Burujirdi, Sayyid Hasan Mudarris, Hasan 'Ali Isfahani Nukhudaki, and Mirza Husayn Na'ini.

Birth and Death

Jahangir Khan Qashqa'i was born in 1243/1827 in Dehaqan—a village around Shahriza, a city around Isfahan. He passed away in the month of Ramadan of 1328/1910. He was buried in Takht-i Fulad cemetery in Isfahan.

Parentage

Jahangir's father, Muhammad Khan Qashqa'i, was a khan in Darrashur from the Qashqa'i tribe. And his mother was a daughter of a khan in Semirom near Isfahan, but she lived in Dehaqan. This is why people in Isfahan referred to Jahangir Khan as "Dehaqani".

A Turning Point

In his birthplace, Jahangir Khan learned how to read and write. Until when he was 40 years old, he had a nomadic life and was engaged in farming and raising livestock. He was skillful in horseback riding and archery, and was interested in music.

When he was 40 years old, he went to the Bazaar of Isfahan in order to buy the annual requirements of the tribe and repair his Tar (a traditional Iranian musical instrument). When he saw the Sadr School, he was attracted to its spiritual atmosphere. A person who saw Jahangir Khan's interest suggested that he attend the school to learn the religious disciplines. Inspired by this suggestion, Jahangir Khan abandoned his career in the Qashqa'i tribe to attend the school. He stayed in a chamber (hujra) in an Islamic seminary school in Isfahan, and stayed in the city for the rest of his life. Though he began his education when he was middle-aged, he was so enthusiastic in learning the religious disciplines that he soon became a prominent teacher of philosophy and fiqh.

Asceticism

Jahangir Khan made a living from the annual rents of a farm that he owned. He always wore his nomadic cloths and never wore the conventional cloths of the clergy.

Teaching

He taught philosophy in the Sadr School of Isfahan for about 40 years. His philosophy courses were so populated by students that his course on the book Sharh al-manzuma by Mulla Hadi Sabziwari was held not in the chambers of the Sadr School, but in the seraglio of Charchi Mosque.

Teachers

Here are Jahangir Khan's teachers:

  1. Muhammad Rida Qumshi'i in philosophy,
  2. Shaykh Muhammad Hasan Najafi and Shaykh Muhammad Baqir Najafi and Mulla Husayn 'Ali Tuysirkani in fiqh, usul and Arabic literature,
  3. Mulla 'Abd al-Jawad (a well-known physician in Isfahan) in medicine.

He also learned mathematics and astronomy from the well-known teachers of that time.

Students

Tomb of Jahangir Khan Qashqa'i in Takht-i Fulad cemetery in Isfahan.

Works

  1. There are ghazals (a kind of Persian poetry) by Jahangir Khan Qashqa'i gathered by Hakim Khurasani. But it is not available to us today.
  2. In some sources, a Persian exposition of Nahj al-balagha is attributed to him.

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