عنوان مقاله [English]
The book, “Fehrest-e-Asma’e mosannefi al-Shi’a” written by Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Ali al-Najashi, also known as the “Rijal-e-Najashi” is the most important bio-bibliographical book of Shi’a. Despite the importance and reputation of this book, there is little information about its author Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Ali Najashi, who was one of the greatest scholars of Shi’a, in the first half of the 5th century AH, in comparison to other Shi’a scholars of that age such as Sayyid Murtaḑa and Shaykh Tusi. Issues like his cognomen, the place of residence and the date of his death are also a matter of dispute. In this article, the information about the cases of dispute and also other issues of Najashi’s personal life such as his parentage, ancestors and relatives are presented, based on the available sources. Besides, in cases of dispute, considering the latest discussions about Najashi, one of the opposing opinions has been selected by providing evidence and opposing views have been answered. This article confirms Najashi’s death in 450 AH and does not accept some researchers’ opinion about his survival until 463. Also, this article replies to the claim that Najashi's book was written by his son, Ali ibn Ahmad, and not by he himself.