Maqrizi, Taqi Al-Din Ahmad Ibn Ali Al-

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Maqrizi, Taqi Al-Din Ahmad Ibn Ali Al-


Born 1364, in Cairo; died there, 1442. Egyptian historiographer of the Mameluke period. He was for a time a qadi, a muhtasib, and later a schoolteacher in Cairo and Damascus. Al-Maqrizi’s chief work, Al-Khitat, and its supplements contain diverse information about the history and geography of Egypt, including biographies of emirs and other famous people, and the history of the Fatimids. Al-Maqrizi wrote a treatise on Muslim weights and measures and other works on the history of Egypt and neighboring countries.


El-mawa’iz wa’l-i’tibarfidhikr el-khitat wa’l-Athat, vols. 1-5. Edited by G. Wiet. Cairo, 1911-27.
Chronicle of Ahmad ibn’Ali al-Makrizi, Entitled Kitab al-suluk, vols. 1-2. Edited by M. Ziada. Cairo, 1936-42.
“Le Traité des famines de Maqrizi.” Translated into French by G. Wiet. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. Leiden, 1962, vol. 5, pt. 1.


Krachkovskii, I. Iu. Izbr. soch., vol. 4. Moscow-Leningrad, 1957. Pages 465-480. (See also index.)
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