Abu Al-Fida, Ismail Ibn Ali

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Abu Al-Fida, Ismail Ibn Ali


Born 1273 in Damascus; died Oct. 27, 1331, in Hamah. Arab historian and geographer. Of the clan of the Ayyubid emirs of Hamah (Syria). Abu al-Fida’s principal works are Mukhtasarfi Tarikh al-Bashar (Abridgment of the History of the Human Race), which encompasses events up to 1329 (in large part an abridged presentation of the works of Ibn al-Asir), and Taqwim al-Buldan (Geography of the Countries), a geography in tables with local coordinates.


Abulfedae Annales Moslemici Latinos ex arabicis fecit J. J. Reiske. Leipzig, 1794.
Geographie d’Aboulfede. Translated from Arabic to French ... by M. Reinaud, vols. 1–2. Paris, 1837–83.
Kitab al-Mukhtasarfi akhbar al-Bashar, 1–4. Cairo, 1325 A.H. (A D. 1907).


Krachkovskii, I. Iu. Izbrannye sochineniia, vol. 4. Moscow-Leningrad, 1957. Pages 386–394.
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