The Umm al-Kitab (Arabic: أمّ الکتاب‎, romanizedumm al-kitāb, lit. 'mother of the Book') is a major work of Ismailism from the late eighth century, from the town Kufa.[1] The treatise contains a discourse of the fifth Shi'i Imam Muhammad al-Baqir responding to thirty questions raised by a group of disciples. Umm al-Kitab offers an esoteric hermeneutics concerning cosmology, the nature of man and worship within a Qur'anic context.[2]

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  1. ^ Willis Barnstone, Marvin Meyer The Gnostic Bible: Revised and Expanded Edition Shambhala Publications 2009 ISBN 978-0-834-82414-0 page 683
  2. ^ S. H. Nasr, Mehdi Aminrazavi Anthology of Philosophy in Persia: Ismaili Thought in the Classical Age I.B.Tauris 2008 ISBN 978-0-857-71042-0 page 16