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b. Mohammad b. Jaʿfar b. Mūsāb. Qūlawayh Qomī Baghdādī (d. Baghdad, 978 or 979), Imami traditionist and jurist, a disciple of Abū Jaʿfar Kolaynī and teacher of Shaikh Mofīd.

 EBN QŪLAWAYH (Qūlūya), ABUL- QĀSEM JAʿFAR b. Moḥammad b. Jaʿfar b. Mūsāb. Qūlawayh Qomī Baḡdādī (d. Baghdad, 368/978 or 369/979), Imami traditionist and jurist, a disciple of Abū Jaʿfar Kolaynī and teacher of Shaikh Mofīd. He apparently first studied in Qom and later traveled as far as Egypt in search of traditions. He also recounted traditions from his father, who was a companion of Saʿd b. ʿAbd-Allāh Ašʿarī Qomī, from his brother ʿAlī, Abū ʿAmr Kaššī, ʿAlī b. Ḥosayn b. Mūsā b. Bābawayh, and from many others. His pupils included Ḥosayn b. ʿObayd-Allāh Ḡażāʾerī and Hārūn b. Mūsā Talʿokbarī.

Some twenty-five of his works are listed, for the most part evidently collections of Hadith concerning particular aspects of feqh (Najāšī, pp. 23-24). His well-known and only surviving work is the Kāmel al-zīārāt (ed. ʿA. Amīnī, Najaf, 1356 Š./1977; called Ketāb or Jāmeʿ al-zīārāt by Najāšī and Ṭūsī, respectively), a work of 108 chapters, recounting the favors and rewards given those who visit the tombs of the Prophet and the Imams. It was used by later authors both as a fundamental work on Shiʿite pilgrimage and as a source for biographies (Anṣārī, p. 492). He also made an index of the books that he transmitted. He is buried in Kāẓemayn close to his more famous pupil, Shaikh Mofīd.

 Bibliography: (For cited works not given in detail, see Short References.)

Ḥ. Anṣārī, Ebn-e Qūlūya in DMBE IV, pp. 491-92. Aʿyān al-šīʿa XVI, pp. 81-87.

al-Ḏarīʿa XVII, p. 255.

Moḥammad-Bāqer Kᵛānsārī, Rawżāt al-jannāt, Tehran, 1367/1948, p. 144.

E. Kohlberg, A Medieval Muslim Scholar at Work, Leiden, 1992, p. 211, no. 253.

Aḥmad b. ʿAlī Najāšī, al-Rejāl, Tehran, 1402/1981, pp. 223-24.

Sezgin, GAS I, p. 544.

Abū Jaʿfar Moḥammad b. Ḥasan Ṭūṣī, Fehrest kotob al-Šīʿa, 3rd ed., Najaf, 1380/1960, p. 67.

Kaḥḥāla, VIII, p. 259.(Martin McDermott)


Ibn Qulawayh (Persian:  ی) is a Shia traditionalist and jurist. He is one of the Authoritative traditionalistss among the Shia.

His official name was Ibn Qūlawayh (Qūlūya), Abu'l-Qasem Ja'Far b. Moḥammad b. Jaʿfar b. Mūsāb. Qūlawayh Qomī Baḡdādī[1] Abdullah Ashari may have been among his teachers. Iit seems that he began his education in Qom. He traveled to other places to study the Hadith. He visited Iraq and resided there while he was ill. Many of his teachers were in Iraq such as Ibn Edris Qomi, Ali Ibn Babewayh Qomi, Ibn Valid Qomi, Ibn Oqdah, Abu Omar Kashi, Abdul Aziz Ibn Yahya Jaloudi, Ibn Homam Iskafi and his father Muhammad and his brother Ali.

There are some bodies among transmitters of Hadith for Qulawayh like Ibn Abdoon, Ibn Ayyash Johari, Ibn Babawayh, Ibn Shazan Qomi, Ibn Nouh Sirafi, and Haroun Ibn Musa talakbari who are used by Qulawayh. About the reliability of Him, we could say that Shaykh Mofid mentioned him as the reliable transmitter. Also Najasi And Tousi known him as reliable transmitter.


He has many books on the subject of Jurisprudence and Hadith. His most known book is Kamil Al Ziyyarat which is published in Najaf by Abdul Hosein Amini. This book an important source of Imami in Praying. It shows the interest in traditions in that time.[2] Qulawayh narrated many traditions from the Prophet (saw), Imam Kazim(as) and Imam Sadiq (as) and the chains of narrators.[3] Many of his books are not available:

  • Al Arbaeen
  • History of months and its events
  • Praying
  • Witness
  • Qiyyam Al Layl va Navader

BURIAL inside shrine of Imam Moosa Kazim as & Imam Mohammed Taqi as next to SHaikh Mufeed