Burhan al-Din or Burhan al-Islam al-Zarnuji also spelled az-Zarnuji (d. 602 AH/1223) was a Muslim scholar and the author of Ta'lim al-Muta'allim-Tariq at-Ta'-allum (Instruction of the Student: The Method of Learning).


Al-Zarnuj was born and lived in Zarnuj, a well-known town beyond the river Oxus in the present Turkistan. Burhan al-Din(proof of Din) or Burhan al-Islam(proof of Islam) al-Zarnuji were his agnomen. Collections of biographies believed that his name was al-Nu'man ibn Ibrahim.

He studied with many shaykhs including: Shaykh 'Ali ibn Abi Bakr al-Marghiyani al-Rushdani (the author of al-Hidayah); Shaykh Abu al-Muhamid Qawaduddin Hammad ibn Ibrahim al-Saffar; the great Shaykh Hasan ibn Mansur Qadiykhani; and others.

The exact date of his death is unknown, though it is speculated that he died in 602 AH/1223 or 640 AH/1242-1243 in Bukhara.


Al-Zarnuji's treatise, Ta'lim al-Muta'allim-Tariq at-Ta'-allum, is a short introduction to the secrets of attaining knowledge. Acknowledged by many as a book in which even the most advanced and experienced teachers find advice they have yet to apply in their teaching, this book serves to create the proper framework for the Sharia program and its students and teachers alike.


  • Az-Zarnuji, Ta'lim al-Muta'allim-Tariq at-Ta'-allum. Instruction of the Student: The Method of Learning by G. E. von Grunebaum, Theodora M. Abel, Author(s) of Review: G. Levi Della Vida, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 68, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1948), pp. 155-157 doi:10.2307/595783
  • Az-Zarnuji Pemandu Santri
  • Instruction of the Student: The Method of Learning by Imam al-Zarnuji (Author), Hamza Yusuf (Foreword), G.E. Von Grunebaum (Translator)Starlatch, Llc; 2Rev Ed edition (January 1, 2001), ISBN-10: 1929694040IS, BN-13: 978-1929694044
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