Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti

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Abd al-Rahman b. Kamal al-Din Abi Bakr b. Muhammad Sabiq al-Din Khudr al-Khudairi al-Asyuti (عبد الرحمن بن كمال الدين أبي بكر بن محمد سابق الدين خضر الخضيري الأسيوطي), entitled Jalal al-Din (جلال الدين; literally "Majesty of the Faith") and known as al-Suyuti (السيوطي), was the most prolific writer in Islamic history. Al-Suyuti was born in Cairo in 1445 and died there in 1505. His writings span many topics. As a jurist, he followed the Shafi'i madh'hab.[1]

Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti
Born 3 October 1445
Cairo, Mamluk Sultanate
Died 18 October 1505
Cairo, Mamluk Sultanate
Occupation Scholar of tafsir, hadith, and fiqh
Title Jalal al-Din
Mujaddid al-Din
Ibn al-Kutub
Notable works Tafsir al-Jalalayn (lit. Tafsir of the Two Majesties, coauthored with Jalal al-Din al-Mahalli [d. 1460]),
al-Khasais al-Kubra (lit. The Major Collection of Characteristics)
Tarikh al-Khulafa (History of the Caliphs)
al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur'an (The Perfect Guide to the Sciences of the Qur'an)

Many of Suyuti's most well-known works of lasting impact were compilations or textbooks, including Tarikh al-Khulafa (History of the Caliphs) and al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur'an (The Perfect Guide to the Science of the Qur'an). However, what is perhaps his most famous work, the brief exegesis Tafsir al-Jalalayn, was not a work of his own conception. The Tafsir has been been started by Jalal al-Din al-Mahalli (d. 1460) and was only completed by al-Suyuti.[1]

While al-Suyuti specialized in the Islamic study of tafsir, hadith, and fiqh, he produced writings on a much wider variety of subjects, including poetry, rhetoric, logic, and astronomy, and even wrote multiple works (one survey counts fourteen) on sex, including a work on sexual positions and a dictionary on sexual terminology.[1][2]





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 C.E. Bosworth; E. van Donzel; W.P. Heinrichs et al., eds, (1997), "al-Suyuti", Encyclopaedia of Islam, 9 SAN-SZE (New Edition [2nd] ed.), Leiden: E.J. Brill, pp. 913-916, ISBN 90 04 10422 4, 1997 
  2. Hanan Bishara, "Sex and Sexual Fantasy among the Arabs in the Middle Ages", Advances in Social Sciences Research 9, May 25th, 2020 (archived from the original), https://web.archive.org/web/20201214091814/https://journals.scholarpublishing.org/index.php/ASSRJ/article/download/7889/4983/