Scholars A-Z

Born on 1273 Died on 1331
Abu'l-Fida was a historian born in November-December 1273 in Damascus. His family had fled Syria owing to strong reports of a Mongol invasion. As P.M. holt puts it in the only available translation of the "memoir" sections of Abu'l-Fida's history compendium. Abu'l-Fida's memoirs are the hidden trace...
Abu l-Hasan 'Ali ibn Abi l-Rijal, was an Arab astrologer who was active in the first half of the ninth century. He penned the famous, Kitāb al-Mawālīd, or ‘Book of Nativities’. Click here for more information.
Al-Uqlidisi is a mathematician who is only known to us through two manuscripts on arithmetic, Kitab al-fusul fi al-hisab al-Hindi and Kitab al-hajari fi al-hisab. Despite this he is a figure of some importance and has prompted an interesting scholarly argument among historians of science. Click h...
Born on 1463 Died on 19 Oct, 1548
Abu’l-Barakaat was al-Qadi (Chief Judge)  of Timbuktu. He was born in the year 868 AH (1463 CE) and was one of the youngest of the famous sons of Shaykh Umar ibn Muhammad Aqit. He was also a scholar, professor, the jurist and Imam of Takruur (West Africa). He was appointed o...

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