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Died on 1599
Dawud Ibn 'Umar al-Antaki or David of Antioch was a blind Syrian physician and pharmacist active in Cairo.   After the hey-day of medicine in the medieval Islamic world and after the work of Ibn Al-Nafis (died 1288), Daud Al-Antaki was one of three great names in the field of Arabic medic...
Born on 1186 Died on 1242
Dhayfa Khatun, the powerful wife of the Ayyubid ruler of Aleppo al-Zahir Ghazi, was the Queen of Aleppo for six years. She was born in Aleppo in 1186 CE. Her father was King al-Adel, the brother of Salah al-Din Al-Ayyubi and her brother was King al-Kamel. She was married to king al-Zahir the son of...
Born on 600 Died on 700
Dhu Jadan al-Himyari also Dhu Jadan the Himyari (fl. 6th - 7th century) was an Arabic poet from Yemen. He was noted in particular for his poems about the fortresses of Yemen and their destruction including Ghumdan Palace, Baynun Fortress and Silhin Fortress. Al-Himyari wrote of Ghumdan Palace:...
Born on 1172
Ibn al-Qifti's scholarship concerns lexicology, grammar, jurisprudence, tradition, the Qur'an, logic, astronomy, mathematics, history, and medicine. He is famed for his biography of scholars, called Kitab Ikhbar al-Ulama bi Akhbar al-Hukama, or "information given to the learned on the history of the...

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