ABOUT THE BOOK:
Bahr al-Kalam fi 'ilm al-Tawhid (Ocean of Discussions on the Science of Theology) is a work wherein Imam Abi al-Mu'in al-Nasafi presents the classical theological issues in a systematic way. He follows the Maturidi principles but the main objectives are so universal that even on a Athari level once can agree with it.
This version has been produced from the classical manuscripts of nine different renditions/manuscripts of the work. You can see the images of these manuscripts. The editor has also provided extensive notes on some of the problematic issues as well as isues that has been the centre of controversy. The editor has also relied on and re-edited the print published by Shaykh Waliy al-Din al-Farfur. Contains some notes of the aforementioned prints errors.
ABOUT IMAM ABI AL-MA'IN AL-NASAFI:
His name was Abu al-Ma'in Maymun b. Muhammad b. Muhammad b. Mu'tamad b. Muhammad Ibn Mak-hul b. al-Fadhl al-Nasafi al-Mak-huli. Not much of his birth is known except that it was said it was in 418 Hijri according to al-Zarkali while Qutluwbugha says it was in 438, based on the age of his death being seventy years in the year of 508 Hijri. His grandfather was known to be Faqih, theologian and a Sufi who has written many works himself.
Some of his popular students are;
--- Najm al-Din Umar b. Muhammad b. Ahmed al-Nasafi (d. 538), the author of al-Aqa'id al-Nasafiyyah,
--- 'Ala al-Din Muhammad ibn Abi Ahmed Abu Bakr 'Ala al-Din al-Samarqandi (d. 575), the author of Tuhfat al-Fuqaha,
--- Abu Bakr b. Mas'ud al-Kashani (d. 578), the author of Badai' al-Sana'i',
--- Sadr al-Ummah, Abu al-Ma'ali Ahmed b. Muhammad b. Muhammad b. al-Hussain al-Bazdawi (d. 524),
Some of his popular and widely accepted works are as follows;
--- Tabsirat al-Adillah; maybe the second major work in the Maturidi curriculum, after imam al-Matarudi's Kitab al-Tawhid.
--- Bahr al-Kalam,
--- al-Tamhid li Qawa'id al-Tawhid; is a summery of Tabsirat al-Adilla
--- Qasidat al-Qawa'id fi 'ilm al-'Aqa'id,
--- Idhah al-Mahajjat fi kawn al-Aqal Hujjah,
--- Khalq al-Fi'il al-Qabih,
--- al-Ifsad li Khada'i Ahl al-Ilhad,
It has been widely accepted and agreed upon that he died in the year of 508 Hijri.