Usama ibn Munqidh

Full name: 
Majd ad-Dīn Usāma ibn Murshid ibn ʿAlī ibn Munqidh al-Kināni al-Kalbi
Arabic name: 
أسامة بن منقذ‎
Date of birth: 
04 Jul, 1095
Date of death: 
17 Nov, 1188

Usama ibn Munqidh wrote an autobiography entitled Kitab al-Ittibar (Learning by Example), which is regarded as being historically important and is one of the first larger works of its kind. Usama witnessed the first decades of Crusader onslaught and settlement in the Muslim lands, and was himself a fighter against them just as his own father was.

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