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Book title: Al-Istibsar fi ma ikhtalafa min al-akhbar (seeking insight among different traditions).
Compiler: Shaykh Tousi, Abu Ja`far Muhammad ibn Hasan (385/995-460/1068)
Birth: He was born in 385/995 in Khurasan, Iran
Short history: Shaykh Tousi immigrated to Baghdad in 408/1017 and studied with Shaykh Mufid and Sayyid al-Murtaza. After the sedition that was excited in Baghdad he traveled to Najaf and established the Islamic seminary of Najaf. After the demise of Sayyid al-Murtaza the leadership of the Shiites was transferred to him. Al-Qa'im bi amrallah, then Abbasid caliph presented him the chair of teaching and delivering lectures in theology in Baghdad after he (the caliph) coordinated with the Buyyad.
Demise: Shaykh Tousi departed this life in 460/1068 and was buried in
Book subject: A collection of traditions narrated from the household (Ahl
al-Bayt) of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w) on different Islamic jurisprudential discussions
Features: It is one of the 4 major books (al-Kutub al-arba`ah) for the Shiites that the Islamic jurists refer to while inferring the religious injunctions.
Manuscripts: 1. A manuscript inscribed in 1090/1679, available at Imam Amir al-mu'minin Library
2. A manuscript inscribed in 1078/1667, available at the library of Sayyid
3. A manuscript that Ali Riza inscribed it in 1072/1661 to send it to an Indian figure.