Al-Masudi, Abul-Hassan

Born on 871

Died on 957

Al-Mas’udi (Arabicأَبُو ٱلْحَسَن عَلِيّ ٱبْن ٱلْحُسَيْن ٱبْن عَلِيّ ٱلْمَسْعُودِيّ‎, ʾAbū al-Ḥasan ʿAlīy ibn al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlīy al-Masʿūdīyc. 896–956) was an Arab historiangeographer and traveler. He is sometimes referred to as the “Herodotus of the Arabs”. A polymath and prolific author of over twenty works on theology, history (Islamic and universal), geography, natural science and philosophy, his celebrated magnum opus Murūj al-Dhahab wa-Ma’ādin al-Jawhar (Arabic: مُرُوج ٱلذَّهَب وَمَعَادِن ٱلْجَوْهَر‎), combines universal history with scientific geography, social commentary and biography, and is published in English in a multi-volume series as The Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems.

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