Yaqut al-Hamawi


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Yaqut al-Hamawi

(yäko͞ot` äl-hämäwē`), 1179–1229, Arab geographer. Born in Byzantium, he was bought as a slave by a merchant, al-Hamawi. He was freed on the death of his master and traveled extensively in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Persia. His Mujam al-Buldan, a geographical dictionary that includes much biographical, historical, and cultural data, is a primary source in Arabic scholarship.
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39) Al-Harawl and Yaqut al-Hamawi would include Bethlehem outside Jerusalem as a city that acquired a mosque under the second caliph cUmar b.
150) In the early thirteenth century, Yaqut al-Hamawi revisited Sulayman's construction of al-Ramla, but in his account the Christian accountant is transformed into a threatening scribe whose desire to obtain the house beside the church is thwarted, whereupon he suggests to Sulayman that he build al-Ramla in order to destroy the church.
Al-Bayhaqi's work on al-Shafii gives another list of 128 books, while Yaqut al-Hamawi mentions 130 books within the Umm.
Yaqut al-Hamawi has preserved the longer version, which has a list of al-Wahidi's works compiled by al-Farisi not found in the abridged printed edition.