Al-Tatimma fi tawarikh al-a'imma (book)

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Al-Tatimma fi tawarikh al-a'imma (a)
Bibliographical Information
Bibliographical Information
Authoral-Sayyid Taj al-Din al-Husayni al-'Amili
Original title ألتَّتِمّة فی تَواريخ الائمّة
Series1 vol.
SubjectHistory of Fourteen Infallibles (a)
Published1412/1991-2, Qom
PublisherBi'that Publications

Al-Tatimma fī tawārīkh al-a'imma (a) (Arabic: ألتَّتِمّة فی تَواريخ الائمّة) is a book written by al-Sayyid Taj al-Din al-Husayni al-'Amili, a scholar of the 11th/17th century. The author wrote general, and mostly personal biographies of each of the Fourteen Infallibles (a), and in some cases, provided more detailed accounts of how they passed away.


Sayyid Taj al-Din b. 'Ali al-Husayni al-'Amili, the author of al-Tatimma fi tawarikh al-a'imma lived in the late 10th/16th century and early 11th/early 17th century. Not much is known about his life. Al-Shaykh Hurr al-'Amili mentioned him in his Amal al-amil as a muhaddith, jurist, and pious. He takes him to be an author of some books, but he only mentions al-Tatimma.

Title of the Book

Agha Buzurg Tihrani in his book al-Dhari'a , mentions the book's title as al-Tatimma fi ma'rifat al-a'imma. According to Agha Buzurg, the author finished writing the book in 1018/1609-10.

Contents and Chapters

In the introduction of the book, Sayyid Taj al-Din says that a comprehensive knowledge of the Imams (a) and Ahl al-Bayt (a) requires knowledge of their dates of birth and death, their age, their spouses, children, and other personal facts. He says that he did not refer to their virtues, because it is a difficult issue.

Al-Tatimma has 14 chapters, each concerning one of the Fourteen Infallibles (a).

Sources of the Book

Since the book is very brief, the author did not cite his sources, except in few cases in which he only mentioned the names of some authors, such as al-Kulayni, al-Shaykh al-Mufid and Ibn Khashshab. In some cases, after citing the main view, he refers to other views by "qil" (i.e. it is said). Editors of the book have identified all of its sources and mentioned them in footnotes.

Manuscripts and Publications

  • A manuscript in the Central Library of Tehran University.

The book was published by Bi'that Publications in 1412/1991-2 in Qom.