Al-Mufaddal Ibn Abi Al-Fada’il (?-After 1357)


A Historian. Al-Mufaddal ibn Abi al-Fada’il continued the world history of al Makin Jirjis ibn al-‘Amid (who may have been his great-uncle), picking up where al-Makin left off with the accession of the Mamluk sultan Baybars in 1260, and continuing through the death of al-Malik al-Nasir in 1341. It is for the most part a secular history that draws from Muslim sources, but it occasionally refers to events within the Coptic community.

Al-Mufaddal wrote his history for his own personal use, and it has only survived in a single manuscript (where it has the Arabic rhyming title al-Nahj al-sadid wa l-durr al-farid fima ba‘d Tarikh Ibn al-‘Amid (The Correct Procedure and Singular Pearl in What Comes after the History of Ibn al-‘Amid); the text’s publication in the 20th century has provided scholars with an important source for early Mamluk history.


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