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Hayat al-Imam al-Husayn (a) (book)

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Hayat al-Imam al-Husayn (a) (book)
Author Baqir Sharif al-Qarashi
Original title حیاة الامام الحسین
Language Arabic
Series 4 volume
Subject Imam al-Husayn (a)
Genre Historical, Analytical
Publisher Bunyad-i Ma'arif-i Islami

Ḥayāt al-Imām al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī; dirāsa wa taḥlīl (Arabic: حَیاةُ الْامام الْحُسین بن عَلی؛ دراسة وَ تَحْلیل, The life of Imam al-Husayn b. ʿAli, an investigation and analysis) is a descriptive-analytic book in Arabic written by Baqir Sharif al-Qurashi (d. 1433/2012). Within three volumes, the author analytically investigates the character, practice, and the uprising of Imam al-Husayn (a) by drawing on sources of hadiths. It has been translated into Persian under Zindigani hadrat Imam Husayn (a).


Baqir Sharif al-Qarashi (b. 1344/1925-26 - d. 1433/2012) is a Shiite researcher, historian, and author from Iraq. He attended the advanced courses of Sayyid Abu l-Qasim al-Khoei for about twenty years. Al-Qarashi wrote numerous works, including a collection of books concerning life histories of the Imams of the Shia. Al-Shaykh Baqir Sharif al-Qarashi died on Sunday, Rajab 26, 1433/June 16, 2012, in Najaf.

The Structure of the Book

The writing of the book began in 1394/1974 and ended in 1396/1976.[1] It was published within three volumes.

  • Volume three: The Imam’s immigration to Iraq, his arrival in Karbala, events of Ashura, and subsequent events.[2]

The Author’s Approach

Drawing on over 300 sources, the author provides a detailed consideration and analysis of Husayn b. ʿAli's life and his age. The book involves references to Hasanayn's refusal to defend the third caliph 'Uthman when his house was sieged by rebels, the monarchy of Muʿawiya and Yazid, the reasons behind Imam al-Husayn's uprising, and the reason why the Imam (a) refused to go to some other regions (Hijaz, Basra, Yemen, Egypt, and Fars).[3]

In his discussion of the Event of Karbala, the author characterizes the two armies, recounts the martyrdom of the Imam (a) and his companions and family members, the captivation of his family in Kufa and al-Sham, their return to Medina, and the achievements of the Karbala movement, such as Tawwabun Uprising and al-Mukhtar's Uprising.[4]


Different publishers in Qom, Najaf, and Beirut have published the book.


  1. Isfandiyārī, Kitābshināsī tārīkhī Imām Ḥusayn, p. 198.
  2. Qarashī, Ḥayāt al-Imām al-Ḥusayn, index of the book.
  3. Isfandiyārī, Kitābshināsī tārīkhī Imām Ḥusayn, p. 198-199.
  4. Isfandiyārī, Kitābshināsī tārīkhī Imām Ḥusayn, p. 198-199.


  • Isfandiyārī, Muḥammad. Kitābshināsī tārīkhī Imām Ḥusayn. Tehran: Wizārat-i Irshād, 1380 Sh.
  • Qarashī, Bāqir Sharīf al-. Ḥayāt al-Imām al-Ḥusayn. Qom: Nashr-i Madrisa Irawānī, 1413 AH.