al-Farazdaq [1] - From the wafayat al-a`yan of Ibn...

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From the wafayat al-a‘yan of Ibn Khallikan Abu-l ‘Abbas Ahmad b. Khallikan (1211-1282 CE) was born at Arbela, Iraq. By his talents and his writings he received the title of the most learned man and the ablest historian of that city. He studied jurisprudence at Mosul and after a brief stay at Damascus, settled in Cairo, where he gained pre-eminence as a jurist, a theologian, and a grammarian. He married in 1252 CE. He left Cairo to become judge ( qadi ) of Damascus in 1269 CE. When he was removed later, he returned to Cairo to take up a professorship and to act as deputy to the chief judge. He returned to Damascus to a triumphant welcome to become qadi again, a post he relinquished in 1281 CE, one year before his death. Ibn Khallikan’s most famous work is The Obituaries of Eminent Men , often referred to as The Biographical Dictionary ( wafayat al-a‘yan ). It has always been considered as a work of highest importance for the civil and literary history of the Muslim people. It is of enormous scope—the English translation by Mac Guckin de Slane occupies over 2,700 pages— and it is not surprising that later Arabic historians filled their pages with extracts from his work, and that Arabic rhetoricians, grammarians, and compilers of anecdotes have taken choice passages from it. Ibn Khallikan restricted his coverage to those persons who held a conspicuous place in the
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