Originally from the Hadramawt region in the east of Yemen, where the Husaynī tribe is situated, he spent time in Zabīd in the south western coastal plains of Yemen which was, at the time, a centre for academic learning.
He is the author of the renowned Tāj al-ʿArūs (تاج العروس), which is the second most frequently cited dictionary of Classical Arabic (after Lisān al-ʿArab by Ibn Manẓūr).
The entire work of Taj al-Arus in pdf format: http://archive.org/details/alhelawy09
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