Abu Abdullah al-Bakri

Born on 1014

Died on 1094

Abū ʿUbayd ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Muḥammad ibn Ayyūb ibn ʿAmr al-Bakrī;

(Arabic: أبو عبيد عبد الله بن عبد العزيز بن محمد بن أيوب بن عمرو البكري‎), or simply al-Bakrī (c. 1040–1094) was an Andalusian Muslim historian and the greatest geographer of the Muslim West.

Al-Bakri was born in Huelva, the son of the sovereign of the short-lived principality there. He belonged to the Arab tribe of Bakr. When his father was deposed by al-Mu’tadid he moved to Córdoba, where he studied with the geographer al-Udri and the historian Ibn Hayyan. He spent his entire life in Al-Andalus, most of it in Seville and Almeria. He died in Córdoba without ever having travelled to the locations of which he wrote.

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