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Abū al-Fidāʾ
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[al-Malik al-Muʾayyad ʿImād al-Dīn ʾAbū al-Fidāʾ ʾIsmāʿīl ibn ʿAlī ibn ʾAyyūb]

672-732 ah (1273-1331 ad). Syria. Born in Damascus, was an Ayyūbid prince. He became known as a historian and a geographer. As a young boy, Abū al-Fidāʾ took part in several campaigns against the Crusaders, the first being the capture of Markab (Margat) in 684/1285. This event marks the beginning of his memoirs, which describe his political career until 729/1328, three years before his death at Hama. His memoirs are a valuable source of military campaigns against enemies of the mamluk sultan al-Malik al-Nasir,…

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Kreckel, Manuel, “Abū al-Fidāʾ”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_00006>
First published online: 2016

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