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Orientalist scholars have also criticized its attribution to him and as such, none of them see it as a reliable work.

The main objection these scholars [raise against accrediting the work to him] is that the title al-Imamah wa al-Siyasah has not appeared in any of the indices of his works.

The [Dutch] Orientalist [Reinhart] Dozy [d. E] believed that the [present] book was neither pre-modern qadimi nor authentic as it contained many historical errors as well as imaginary and irrational stories 1. In this sense, attributing the work to Ibn Qutaybah is a weak [attempt by some] and [essentially] impossible [that he authored the work].

And it was said to him: Then Fatimah may Allah be pleased with her [went and] stood by the door of the house and said: You left the funeral of the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him while you [took] the matter [of the khilafah] and cut it [into pieces] among yourselves while you did not seek to consult us nor did you return us our right.

One of the doubts which Wahhabis set forth, which in reality is cast in order to escape certain [historical] realities, is that the work al-Imamah wa al-Siyasah was not written by Ibn Qutaybah al-Dinawari.

Given that Ibn Qutaybah d. Therefore, we make it incumbent upon ourselves to investigate and answer these unscientific claims. First, this book has been countlessly printed in Egypt and other countries under the name of Ibn Qutaybah al-Dinawari whose manuscripts are available in libraries across Egypt, Paris, London, Turkey and India.


Second, as long as there are Islamic scholars, what need is there to rely on Orientalists like Dozy who is far from being an actual Islamic scholar!

Is Ibn Qutaybah The Author of Al-Imamah Wa Al-Siyasah?

Why is there a need to refer to Orientalists who in many instances have even denied the existence of the Prophet Muhammad s? It is clear that our Sunni friends have come short in regard to their proofs and as such, [they have had no choice] but to take refuge in Orientalists.

Third, many scholars among Ahl al-Sunnah, even contemporary ones, have explicitly authenticated and attributed the book to Ibn Qutaybah and have cited its historical traditions.

Here we will briefly point out a few [examples]:. E arrest from the same book. Allamah al-Dinawari, in his book al-Imamah wa al-Siyasah, cited [the following]…. Oh People of Iraq! By Allah, I reckon al-imqma the people of the Levant al-Sham only show their facades to you [and not what is inside their hearts]. And make you to be replaced [after me with a new leader…].

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Ibn Qutaybah narrated this sermon in his al-Imamah wa al-Siyasah in another way. Is the emphasis of all of these great scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah in attributing this book to Ibn Qutaybah not sufficient? They have alsiyasa that he, like other scholars, must show self-restraint in narrating certain [problematic historical] realities. However, the simpleton jahil [here] is Ibn Qutaybah who has not observed the custom rasm [of censorship] with regard to[the faults of] the Companions sahabah in the book al-Imamah wa al-Siyasah, [that is] if everything in the book can be authentically [attributed] to him.

The Sunnis believe that when confronted with traditions related to the problematic behavior of the Companions, wq is incumbent on historians and traditionists [alike] to remain silent, hide and cover-up those traditions. It qa incumbent upon us to preserve the sanctity of the Companions.


We do not say that the Companions were infallible and that they did not sin. However, instead of remembering their merits and good deeds, one should not mention their mistakes….

Other objections include the fact that ibn Qutaybah narrated from people who were not alive during his time, or that he narrated from Egyptians whereas he had never travelled to Egypt. On the second objection, Dozy ignores the all-too-evident historical fact that al-imaam Egyptians travelled to Baghdad and shared their traditions with Iraqi scholars and transmitters. Skip to main content.

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Ayatullah Muhammad Husayn Husayni al-Qazwini. Here we will briefly point out a few [examples]: Qutaybah said in his book al-Imamah wa al-Siyasah. Allamah al-Dinawari, in his book al-Imamah wa al-Siyasah, cited [the following]… See: In another instance, he also writes: Ibid, […] 8 Dr.

However, instead of remembering their al-siyasw and good deeds, one should not mention their mistakes… See: For example, Dozy claims that the book indicates that the author had travelled to Damascus whereas in reality ibn Qutaybah had never left Baghdad except to Dinawar.

This objection is not warranted given that first, there al-syiasa no strong evidence that ibn Qutaybah never travelled outside of Baghdad and Dinawar. Second, there are reports that ibn Qutaybah did in fact travel out of Baghdad, including to cities like Kufa.

EXII, in other prints, His reservations are only directed to parts that seem abhorrent to him. He does not, however, expand on this point and leaves it as it is. Therefore, it does not seem that these reservations of his are too serious.