Yaqut Al-Hamawi (d. 1229) - early scholarly activities consisted in copying and selling manuscripts, whilst studying Arabic and grammar. Yaqut could not settle in one place though and travelled much, first as a merchant, then as a geographer fascinated by places and their diverse populations, dress and ways.
Yāqūt ibn-'Abdullah al-Rūmī al-Hamawī
ياقوت الحموي الرومي
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