In this short article we learn about Al-Mas'udi, a man regarded by Ibn Khaldun as the Imam of historians. Al-Mas'udi was responsible not only for a great deal of first hand reports but he was also instrumental in designing and establishing both a distinctive style of narrative and shaping the profession of the historian.
A Model of the Historians
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Figure 1. The Tabula Rogeriana, drawn by al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154, one of the most advanced ancient world maps. Modern consolidation, created from the 70 double-page spreads of the original atlas. (Source)
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