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This work, entitled Etiquette of the Learner, is extracted from Qāḍī Ibn Jamāʿah's major contribution to the literature of adab: Tadhkirat as-Sāmiʿ wa'l-Mutakallim fī Adab al-ʿĀlim wa'l-Mutaʿallim (A Memorandum to the Listener and the Speaker on the Etiquette of the Scholar and the Learner). It provides a detailed guide for students of knowledge to the attitude and practice they should cultivate in order to bring their endeavour in line with the instructions and example of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Whether they are embarking upon the rigorous quest in pursuit of command of the Islamic sciences, or simply seeking to enhance their understanding of the religion, this work will impress upon readers the indispensable but oft-forgotten principle: etiquette comes before seeking knowledge, thus enabling them to truly benefit from their studies.
He is Imam Badr ad-Dīn Ibrāhīm ibn Saʿd Allāh ibn Jamāʿah al-Kinānī. An eminent scholar of hadith, jurisprudence and Qur'anic exegesis, he was born in 639/1241 in Hama and went on to become a distinguished Shāfiʿī jurist under the Mamlūks. Throughout his lengthy service in the judiciary, he was known for his virtuousness, praiseworthy conduct and apposite rulings. In addition, he was an energetic teacher, whose prominent students included at-Tāj as-Subkī. His contribution to the corpus of Islamic literature was also significant and varied. He passed away in 733/1333 in Cairo. May Allah Most High have mercy on him and reward him abundantly. Mariam Madge Conlan editor