Ibn al-Barraj al-Tarabulusi

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Ibn al-Barraj al-Tarabulusi
Personal Information
Full NameSaʿd al-Dīn Abū l-Qāsim ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz b. Niḥrir b. ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz b. Barrāj al-Ṭarābulusī
Well-Known AsIbn Barraj
BirthAbout 400/1009-10
ResidenceEgypt, Baqghad, Damascus, Tripoli
Burial PlaceTripoli
Scholarly Information
ProfessorsAl-Sharif al-Murtada,al-Shaykh al-Tusi

Saʿd al-Dīn Abū l-Qāsim ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz b. Niḥrir b. ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz b. Barrāj al-Ṭarābulusī (Arabic: سعدالدین ابوالقاسم عبدالعزیز بن نحریر بن عبدالعزیز ابن البَرّاج الطرابلسی) known as Ibn al-Barrāj (Arabic: ابن البراج) (b. about 400/1009-10 - d. 481/1088) was a Shi'a jurist and judge in the 5th/11th century. He was a student of al-Sharif al-Murtada and al-Shaykh al-Tusi.

Nicknames and Titles

He was also known as " 'Izz al-Din", "'Izz al-Mu'minin", "al-Halabi" and "al-Tarabulusi". His nickname (kunya) was "Abu l-Qasim" and he was titled as "Qadi" and "Sa'd al-Din"


He was born in Egypt. There is no report about his birth date, however by the help of sources reporting that he lived for 80 years, one can interfere that he was born about 400/1009-10.

He stared his educations in his hometown. After the demise of al-Sayyid al-Murtada in 436/1044 he participated in al-Shaykh al-Tusi class and studied for 7 year under him. Ibn Barraj was al-Tusi's constant companion until al-Shaykh al-Tusi appointed him as his representative in Syria region. He became one of the great scholars of the region and consequently was appointed as the judge of Tripoli (Tarabulus) by Jalal al-Mulk in 438/1046-7.

He passed away on the eve of Jum'a, Sha'ban 9th 481/October 28, 1088 in Tripoli and was buried there.


He taught many students, some of them are:


Published Works

Attributed Works

  • Al-Ma'alim
  • Al-Minhaj
  • Al-Kamil
  • Rawdat al-nafs fi ahkam 'ibadat al-khams
  • 'Imad al-muhtaj fi manasik al-hajj
  • Al-Muqarrab
  • Al-Mujaz
  • Husn al-tasrif

A Further Reading Source

a book about Ibn al-Barraj al-Tarabulusi in Arabic

The book Ibn al-Barraj al-Tarabulusi: 'Asruhu, Siratuhu wa Musannafatuh (Ibn Barraj, his era, characteristic and works) written bu Ja'far al-Muhajir is a great source for further reading about him.

This book is divided into 4 chapters and 2 addendums:

  • Addendum 1: Introduction of one of his students named As'ad b. Ahmad b. Abi Ruh Tirabulsi (d. 504/1110-1) and his works.
  • Addendum 2: Introduction of Ibn Abi Ruh's tomb its shrine and doom along with pictures.

The last part of the book is several useful indexes, which help the reader to find the context he is looking for.