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 1008 Died on 1074
In his letter, the mufti cited a case involving hearsay testimony mentioned in the chapter on testimony in the Kitab al-Tabsira of al-Lakhmi (d. 478/1075). According to al-Lakhmi, if two professional witnesses testify regarding a rumour that is widespread in their town, the qadi must seek confirmati...

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