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'Ali b. al-Husayn al-Mas'udi

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ʿAlī b. Ḥusayn al-Masʿūdī (Arabic:علي بن حسین المسعودي) (b. 280/893 - d. 346/957), known as al-Mas'udi, was a Muslim historian and geographer in the 4th/10th century. He wrote books such as Muruj al-dhahab and al-Tanbih wa l-ishraf. It is not exactly known whether he was a Shiite or a Sunni Muslim, because he provided neutral accounts of historical events. However, in Shiite sources of biography and 'ilm al-rijal, he has long been considered as a Shiite scholar. Many researchers today maintain that he was a Shi'a, appealing to his written works as their evidence. Other researchers rejected the view that al-Mas'udi was a Shi'a, rejecting the evidence from his work. They take him to be a Sunni Muslim who loved Ahl al-Bayt (a) and believed in the superiority of Amir al-Mu'minin (a) over the other caliphs.

'Ali b. al-Husayn al-Mas'udi
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Personal Information
Full Name 'Ali b. Husayn al-Mas'udi
Teknonym Abu l-Hasan
Well-Known As Al-Mas'udi
Birth 280/893
Place of Birth Babylon
Residence IraqEgypt
Death Rabi' I 16, 346/June 17, 957
Scholarly Information
Works Muruj al-dhahab