Abu al-Fida(redirected from Abu al-Fida Ismail Ibn Hamwi)
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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