Ibn Qutayba

Full name: 
Ibn Qutayba
Arabic name: 
ابن قتيبة
Date of death: 
889

Ibn Qutayba's Kitâb al-Ma'arif or 'Handbook of History' as it was entitled by its nineteenth-century editor, is one of the oldest surviving purely historical works of the Arabs. It deals with the pre-Islamic as well as Islamic history of the Arabs, and is still useful as a reference book, for genealogical and biographical matters in particular.

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