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The College of Hadith Sciences: Hopes and Expectations

The College of Hadith Sciences, the first specialized higher education institute for hadith sciences in Iran, was opened up by the shrine of the great Shiite hadith reporter cAbd al-cAzim al-Hasani on 2 Aban 1378 AH Sh./24 October 1999.
The editorial is concerred with the problems with which a newly-es-tablished academic centre is faced. It mentions some hopes in this College as well as pointing to some probable obstacles which may hinder its development. It also offers some solutions.

Rida ’Ustadi:

Ten Points on Mulla Sadra’s Sharh ’Usul al-Kafi

Sadr al-Din Muhammad al-Shirazi, known as Mulla Sadra (d.1050/1640AD), the great Shiite philosopher and exegete, wrote the book Sharh ’Usul al-Kafi. In the article, the following questions concerning his above book, are answered:
Is this the last written work of Mulla Sadra? Why did he write it in his last years? Why did he choose ’Usul al-Kafi to explain the facts expressed in the Ahl al-Bayt hadiths? Which persons had explained ’Usul al-Kafi prior to him, and did he benefit from their explanations? Who did explain ’Usul al-Kafi after him, and did they made use of his commentary? Was Mulla Sadra a theorist in the science of rijal? Who are those whom he quotes and because of such quotations he offers an apology to his readers?

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