Muhammad b. Isma'il b. Abd al-Jabbar al-Ha'iri

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Muhammad b. Isma'il b. Abd al-Jabbar al-Ha'iri
Personal Information
Well-Known AsAbu Ali al-Ha'iri
Religious AffiliationTwelver Shi'a
Place of BirthKarbala
Death1215/1800-1 or 1216/1801-2
Scholarly Information
ProfessorsWahid al-Bihbahani,Sayyid Ali al-Tabataba'i,Sayyid Muhammad Mahdi Bahr al-'Ulum

Muḥammad b. Ismaʿīl b. ʿAbd al-Jabbār al-Ḥāʾirī (Arabic: مُحَمَّد بن اسماعيل بن عَبدالجَبّار الحائِري) (b. 1159/1746-7 d. 1215/1800-1 1216/1801-2), known as Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥāʾirī, was a Shi'a faqih (jurist) and scholar of 'ilm al-rijal of 13th/17th century. He was a student of Wahid al-Bihbahani, Sayyid 'Ali Tabatab'i, Sayyid Muhsin al-A'raji al-Kazimi, and Sayyid Muhammad Mahdi Bahr al-'Ulum. He is the author of the book Muntaha l-maqal fi ahwal al-rijal.

Birth and Lineage

His father was from the north region of Iran, but he was born in Karbala, Iraq. He was less than ten years old, when his father passed away. According to his father's saying, Abu Ali said that his lineage reaches Ibn Sina (Avicenna); but considering that Ibn Sina did not have any child, this lineage is dubious.


According to his saying, Abu Ali had several trips to various regions such as Hijaz and Yemen.



Muntaha l-maqalin rijal

Abu Ali al-Ha'iri authored some works. His most famous work is Muntaha l-maqal fi ahwal al-rijal in rijal. More than any other books, he has considered Manhaj al-maqal -written by Astarabadi- and its glosses by al-Wahid al-Bihbahani while writing this book.


According to what his son has written on the margin of his book, Muntaha l-maqal, he passed away on his way back from hajj in Najaf in 1216/1801-2 and was buried there. On the other hand, Khurasani, Khwansari said that he passed away in 1215/1800-1 in Karbala. Mudarris, also, emphasized that he was buried in Karbala.