Abu Hatim Ahmad ibn Hamdan al-Razi

For the hadith scholar, see Abu Hatim Muhammad ibn Idris al-Razi.

Abu Hatim, Ahmad ibn Hamdan al-Razi (Persian: ابو حاتم احمد بن حمدان الرازی) was a Persian Ismaili philosopher of the 9th century, who died in 322 AH (935 CE).[1][2] He was also the Da'i al-Mutlaq (chief missionary) of Ray and the leader of the Ismaili da'wah in Central Persia.


He was born in Rayy near modern Tehran. He was a contemporary of Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi and engaged in debates with him.


  1. Abi Bakr Mohammadi Filii Zachariæ (Razis): Opera philosophica fragmentaque quae supersunt collegit et edidit PAULUS KRAUS. Pars prior. (Universitatis Fouadi I Litterarum Facultatis Publicationum fasc. XXII). Cairo, 1939. p. 291. Editor mentions that this date is mentioned only in كتاب لسان الميزان
  2. Henry Corbin, "The voyage and the messenger: Iran and philosophy", North Atlantic Books, 1998. pg 74: "Virtually all its greatest exponents covering the period from the ninth to the eleventh century C.E. show obvious Iranian affiliation. Examples are Abu Hatim Razi)"
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