Urdu Review of al-Khatib’s Tarikh al-Baghdad

Today we are sharing “Tabsirah bar Tarikh Khateeb Baghdadi” by Maulana Habibur Rahman Shirwani.

It is a review of Khatib al-Baghdadi’s Tarikh al-Baghdad by Shaykh Habibur Rahman Shirwani in Urdu. Shaykh Shirwani was related to Dar al-Musannifin, Shibli Academy, Lucknow.

He begins with the basic layout of the voluminous work, information about Baghdad and things of the sort.

Most detailed critical review is on the narrations of praise and criticism of Imam Abu Hanifa. He shows how the narrations disparaging Imam Abu Hanifa are of no value and are simply worthy of total rejection. Likewise he writes about the narrations on Qadi Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad bin al-Hasan al-Shaybani.

The review was much praised by Maulana Abdul Majid Daryabadi in May 27, 1940 issue of his paper “Sidq.”

We will present English translation of the heart of the review in a future post, in shaa Allah.

— Ahmad Shamil

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