The present work is a translation of al-Shahid al-Thani’s Munyat al-Murid fi Adab al-Mufid wa al-Mustafid. The original Arabic work, written in 954 AH/1547 CE, quickly established itself as a core text in the Islamic seminaries, and it has long been an important source of reference for anyone interested in Islamic education and spiritual development.
Now available in English for the first time, this classic work will be a valuable addition to the core reading lists of courses on Islamic ethics and spirituality. The current edition also contains and insightful introduction consisting of a biography of the author, an overview of the body of his work, a survey of his predecessors’ views on education, a study of his ideas on education, and an examination of his methodology of education.
Zayn al-Din al-‘Amili al-Juba’i, known as al-Shahid al-Thani, was a prominent sixteenth-century Shi’a scholar. He is credited with having written more than seventy works on a broad range of subjects. He travelled widely in his pursuit of knowledge and later taught both Shi’i and Sunni jurisprudence. His most famous work is Sharh al-Lum’ah, a text on Islamic jurisprudence which is studied to this day in almost every Shi’a seminary.