Al-Suqa‘I Fadl Allah Ibn Fakhr

AL-SUQA‘I FADL ALLAH IBN FAKHR

A thirteenth-century historian and biographer, a resident of the city of Damascus. He was a scribe in the diwan (government office). He died a centenarian in 1326. In literature, he was noted for his compilation of the four in a unified work in numerous languages including Hebrew, Syriac, Coptic, and Greek.

Presumably, he also memorized the whole Bible, including the and the Gospels. He was also a famous biographer responsible for a summary of Ibn Khallikan’s obituaries (Wafayat al- A‘yan) to which he appended a supplement dealing with celebrated personalities of Egypt and Syria between 1261 and 1324. His other works include a few religious studies, which show that he was familiar with Egyptian Christianity and the Copts.

AZIZ S. ATIYA