Abu al-Fida

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Abu al-Fida

(ä'bo͞o äl-fē`dä, –fĭdä`), 1273–1331, Arab historian, b. Damascus. He fought against the Christians in the last period of the Crusades and later became (1310) governor of Hama in Syria. He was a patron of learning and wrote a descriptive geography and a universal history, which is a superior source for Arab history from the pre-Islamic period to 1329.
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To speak the truth, those maps, which shall be made out of Abulfeda, will not be so exact, as I did expect; as I have found by comparing some of them with our modern and best charts.
BCE) and Abulfeda (or Abu al-Fida, 1273-1331), as well as Battista Ramusio and Peter Martyr.
44) Hakluyt's guardian and inspiration, his cousin Richard Hakluyt the lawyer, had along with John Dee (1527-1608) debated the possibility of navigating a northeast passage to Cathay--that is, to China, by sailing along the northern coast of the Asian continent--basing their arguments entirely upon such authors as Pliny and Ishmael Abulfeda.