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

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 …

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Al-Makin Jirjis Ibn Al-‘Amid (1205-After 1280)

AL-MAKIN JIRJIS IBN AL-‘AMID (1205-after 1280) A Historian. Al-Makin Jirjis ibn Abi al-Yasir ibn Abi al-Makarim, known as Ibn al-‘Amid, was a Copt of Syrian Orthodox ancestry who, like his father before him, served in high office in the Egyptian military bureaucracy. Such a position carried risks, and al-Makin lived in especially risky times (in …

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Shams Al-Ri’asa Abu Al-Barakat Ibn Kabar (?-1324)

SHAMS AL-RI’ASA ABU AL-BARAKAT IBN KABAR (?-1324) A Priest, encyclopedist, scholar of Coptic. The writer known to contemporaries as al-Shams ibn Kabar provides one of the last great examples of the flowering of Arabic-language Coptic Orthodox literature in the 13th and early 14th centuries. Ibn Kabar served for a time as scribe to the Mamluk …

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