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Born on 1349 Died on 1405
Although fundamentally a preacher and legal cleric, Al-Damiri wrote one of the greatest medieval works on zoology and animals. This work, Hayat Al-Hayawan (The Life of Animals) has been edited repeatedly and has also been translated into English by Lieutenant Colonel Jayakar.   For more d...
Died on 1320
In this short bio-bibliography of Kamal al-Din al-Farisi, Dr Saira Malik presents succinctly the life and work of one of the most original scientists of the Islamic tradition. The author of Tanqih al-Manazir was indeed a prominent physicist, mathematician, and scientist of the early 14th century, an...
Born on 1192 Died on 1262
Kamal Eddin Ibn al-Adim (1192-1262) is the historian of his native city, Aleppo, most especially through his enormous biographical work, not yet published in modern times: Bughyat al-Talab (The student's desire), which is a collection of biographies of the famous men of Aleppo arranged alphabeticall...
Born on 1609 Died on 1657
Katip Çelebi was interested in almost all intellectual disciplines, from historiography to geography, from philosophy to astronomy, from Islamic law to Koranic commentary, from Sufism to literature. Like the intellectuals of the classic periods of Islamic thought, he had a holistic conception o...

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