Abdullah al Samahiji

Religious Leader

1675 – 1723

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Who was Abdullah al Samahiji?

Abdullah bin Saleh al Samahiji was a Bahraini Shia Islamic scholar who lived during the Safavid period. He was born in the village of Samaheej on Muharraq Island, and like many of his Bahraini contemporaries, he was a follower of the Akhbari theological school—although his father was a pure Usuli who detested Akhbaris. Among his teachers was Sulaiman Abdullah al Mahuzi.

After the 1717 Omani invasion of Bahrain, Al Samahiji fled to Isfahan where he briefly served as the Sheikh ul-Islam. He then settled in Behbehan where he died in 1722.

Among his works is Munyat al Mumarisin in Arabic, which includes an examination of the Akhbari-Usuli dispute.

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Born
1675
Ethnicity
  • Bahrani people
Died
1723

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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