Abu'l-Fida

Full name: 
Abū Al-fidāʾ Ismāʿīl Ibn ʿalī Al-mālik Al-muʾayyad ʿimad Ad-dīn
Arabic name: 
أبو الفداء‎
Latin name: 
Abulfeda
Date of birth: 
1273
Date of death: 
1331

A Syrian historian and scholar (1273-1331). Among his works: Taqwim al-buldan (A Sketch of the countries), Tarikh Abu-'l-Fida, his chief historical work, also called Mukhtassar tarikh al-bashar (The Concise History of Humanity or An Abridgment of the History at the Human Race), in the form of annals extending from the creation of the world to the 1300s. Abu 'l- Fida was also well learned in many fields such as botany and materia medica. He wrote a work in many volumes on medicine titled Kunash, and a book on the balance.

His books of history (Tarikh) and geography (Taqwim) were known in the West. The Taqwim Al-Buldan knew many translations into Latin, either partial or complete. One of them is: Abulfedae Tabula Syriae: cum excerpto geographico ex Ibn ol Wardii Geographia et historia naturali / Arabice nunc primum edidit, Latine vertit, notis explanavit Io. Bernhardus Koehler; accessere Io. Iacobi Reiskii ... (Lipsiae, 1766).