|Born||24 Jumadi' al-Thani, 392 A.H/May 10, 1002 C.E|
|Died||7 Zulhijja, 463 A.H/ September 5, 1071 C.E|
|Main interest(s)||Hadith studies, Fiqh|
|Occupation||Islamic scholar, Muhaddith|
Ab? Bakr A?mad ibn ?Al? ibn Th?bit ibn A?mad ibn M?hd? al-Shaf?`?, commonly known as al-Khab al-Baghd?d? (Arabic: ) or "the lecturer from Baghdad" (10 May 1002 - 5 September 1071; 392 AH-463 AH), was a Sunni Muslim scholar and historian.
Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi was born on 24 Jumadi' al-Thani, 392 A.H/May 10, 1002, in Hanikiya, a village south of Baghdad. He was the son of a preacher and he began studying at an early age with his father and other shaykhs. Over time he studied other sciences but his primary interest was hadith. At the age of 20 his father died and he went to Basra to search for hadith. In 1024 he set out on a second journey to Nishapur and he collected more hadith in Rey and Isfahan. It is unclear how long he traveled but his own accounts have him back in Baghdad by 1028. While he was an authority on hadith it was his preaching that led to his fame that would help him later in life. One biographer, Al-Dhahabi, said that contemporary teachers and preachers of tradition would usually submit what they had collected to Al-Baghdadi before they used them in their lectures or sermons.
Al-Baghdad? originally belonged to the Hanbali theological school of Fiqh (jurisprudence religious law) but later adopted Shafi'i theology. It is unclear if his change of allegiance followed a trip to Nahrawan in 1038, but in any case it provoked hostility from some Hanbalites. Despite the threat, under the protection of Caliph Al-Qa'im al-Baghdad? lectured on ?ad?th in the Manr Mosque.
When a rebellion in 1059 led by the Turkish general Basasiri deposed Caliph Al-Qa'im, and deprived Al-Baghdadi of his protection in Baghdad, he left for Damascus and there spent eight years as a lecturer at the Umayyad Mosque until a major controversy erupted. According to his biographers, Yaqut, Sibt ibn al-Jawzi, al-Dhahabi, as-Safadi, and Ibn Taghribirdi this involved al-Baghdadi's relationship with a youth, who, apparently had travelled with him from Baghdad. Yaqut relates that when news of the controversy reached the ruler of Damascus, he ordered that al-Baghdadi should be killed. However the police chief, a Sunni, realizing that to follow the order would lead to a backlash against the Shi'i, warned al-Baghdadi to flee to the protection of Shari ibn Abi al-Hasan al-'Alawi. Al-Baghdadi spent about a year exiled in Sur, Lebanon before he returned to Baghdad, where he died in September 1071. He was buried next to Bishr al-Hafi.
Biographers Sibt ibn al-Jawzi, Ibn Kath?r, and Ibn Taghribirdi wrote that the original was a work by as-Suri which al-Baghd?d? had extended.Y?q?t al-?amaw? attributed the authorship to as-Sur?'s sister and accused al-Baghd?d? of plagiarism, whereas Ibn Kath?r made no accusation of plagiarism, but attributed the original to as-Suri's wife.Abu'l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi accused him of dishonesty in relation to the ?ad?ths.
Ibn Hajar declared his works influential in the field of the Science of hadith and Hadith terminology saying, "Scarce is the discipline from the disciplines of the science of ?ad?th on which he has not written a book." He then quoted Abu Bakr ibn Nuqtah, a Hanbali scholar, as saying, "Every objective person knows that the scholars of ?ad?th s coming after al-Khab are indebted to his works." Over 80 titles have been attributed to al-Baghd?d?.
Selected list of works.