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For the Syrian Islamic scholar, see Muhammad al-Yaqoubi.
Muslim scholar
Ahmad ibn Abu Ya'qub ibn Ja'far al-Ya'qubi
Title Ya'qubi
Died AH 284 (AD 897-898)[1][2]
Era Islamic golden age
Main interest(s) History and geography
Notable work(s) Ta'rikh ibn Wadih and Kitab al-Buldan

Ahmad ibn Abu Ya'qub ibn Ja'far ibn Wahb Ibn Wadih al-Ya'qubi (died 897/8), known as Ahmad al-Ya'qubi, or Ya'qubi, was a Muslim geographer[2] and perhaps the first historian of world culture in medieval Islam.[3]


He was a great-grandson of Wadih, the freedman of the caliph Mansur. Until 873 he lived in Armenia and Khorasan, working under the patronage of the Iranian dynasty of the Tahirids; then he traveled to India, Egypt and the Maghreb, where he died in Egypt. He died in AH 284 (897/8).[2]

His Shia sympathies are found throughout his works.[4]


  • Ta'rikh ibn Wadih (Chronicle of Ibn Wadih)[2]
  • Kitab al-Buldan (Book of the Countries) - geography, contains a description of the Maghreb, with a full account of the larger cities and much topographical and political information (ed. M. de Goeje, Leiden, 1892).[2]

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  1. ^ Muhammad's successor
  2. ^ a b c d e Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain
  3. ^ Daly, Okasha El (2005). Egyptology : the missing millennium : ancient Egypt in medieval Arabic writings. London: UCL. p. 166. ISBN 1844720632. 
  4. ^ Ya'qubi

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