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Kaatib Musa was a jurist, judge and imam (leader of prayers) of Malinke origin who held the post of scholar during the early 15th century. The title kaatib indicates that he was perhaps a scribe in his younger years who was employed to copy books and to administer the government chanc...
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...

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