BORŪJERDĪ, ḤOSAYN b. Moḥammad-Reżā Ḥosaynī, Shiʿite scholar of the Qajar period, noted chiefly for his works on ʿelm al-rejāl. His dates of birth and death are given varyingly in different sources: 1227-76/1812-59 (al-Ḏarīʿa XXIV, p. 99); 1238-77/1823-60 (Modarres, I, pp. 252-53); d. 1284/1867 (Qomī, p. 155). His father was a scholar of some standing, but his principal teachers—all of them outstanding scholars of the early nineteenth century—were Ḥājj Sayyed Moḥammad Šafīʿ Jābolqī in oṣūl and rejāl; Sayyed Jaʿfar Kašfī Dārābī in ḥadīṯ and tafsīr; and Shaikh Jaʿfar Najafī and Shaikh Ḥasan Najafī in feqh. Borūjerdī’s main work was Noḵbat al-maqāl fī ʿelm al-rejāl, a collection of chronograms, in 1313 distichs, on the deaths of famous transmitters of ḥadīṯ and other scholars. The fame of the work is attested by a commentary written on it (Bahjat al-āmāl fī šarḥ noḵbat al-maqāl) and by a widely read digest of its contents (Zobdat al-maqāl). Borūjerdī himself composed a supplement in prose to Noḵbat al-maqāl with the title al-Mostaṭrafāt fi’l-nesab wa’l-konā wa’l-alqāb; the two works were printed together (al-Ḏarīʿa XXI, p. 11). A voluminous commentary on Sūrat al-Baqara is also attributed to Borūjerdī, but it appears never to have been printed. His two sons, Sayyed ʿAbd-al-Ḥosayn and Ḥājj Sayyed Nūr-al-Dīn, also pursued careers of religious learning, without ever attaining the fame of their father.
al-Ḏarīʿa III, p. 159, XII, p. 124, XXI, p. 11, XXIII, p. 204, XXIV, p. 99.
Shaikh ʿAbbās Qomī, Fawāʾed-e rażawīya, Tehran, 1327 Š./1958, p. 155.
Mīrzā Moḥammad-ʿAlī Modarres, Rayḥānat al-adab, 3rd ed., Tabrīz, n.d., I, pp. 252-53.
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