An Arab Historian :
A Critical Analysis of His Tarikh-al-Kamil and Tarikh-al-Atabeca
By Dr Mahmood ul-Hasan
Hardback 195 Pages
ISBN : 8172111541
Publisher : Northern Book Centre
About The Book
A Detailed Description of Arab Historiography from the beginning to the 13th Century (6/7th Century Hijri).
This work is a short Encyclopaedia of History up to the 13th century (6/7th Century Hijri).
Very useful book for scholars and students of World History.
The al-Kamil fi Tarikh (The Complete History), extends from the beginning of time to the year 1231 (The Leiden Publication edited by Carl Tornberg extends to 14 volumes).
Ibn Athir also wrote a history of the Atabegs of Mosul at-Tarikh al-atabakiya, giving an account of 7500 companions of the prophet Muhammad (S), the Cairo Edition covers 5 volumes.
Contents Of The Book
- Arab Historiography in the Middle Ages
- The Life and Time of Ibn Al-Athir
- The Sources of Ibn Al-Athir's Historical Information
- The Periods of Prophet Muhammad, The Four Caliphs and the Umayyads
- The Abbasid Period-I
- The Abbasid Period-II
- Arrangement and Presentation of the Material
- Evaluation of Ibn Al-Athir as a Historian
About The Author
Ali ibn al-Athir (555-630 AH / 1160 – 1233), was the most well-known of three brothers of Kurdish origin, all famous in Arabian literature, he was born at Jazirat ibn Umar in Cizre (South-eastern Turkey).
Ibn al-Athir lived during a turbulent period of Asia. The historian, receiving an elementary education first at home and later in the neighbouring schools and later at the various centres of learning in Mosul, Baghdad, Damascus, Aleppo and Basra.
Ibn Al-Athir devoted himself to the study of history and Islamic tradition. At the age of twenty-one, he settled with his father in Mosul and continued his studies there. In the service of the Amir for many years, he visited Baghdad and Jerusalem and later Aleppo and Damascus.
He died in Mosul in 555 AH.
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