Abu Es Haq es Saheli

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Abu Es Haq es Saheli or Abu Isaq es Saheli (Granada, Spain, 1290 - Timbuktu, Mali, 1346) was an Andalusī architect and poet.

His father was the alamín of the perfumers of Granada, the person in charge of controlling and repairing scales for weights and measures. He was devoted to poetry from early childhood. Because his hard life in Granada, struggled and had to flee his native city, addressing Cairo, from where he undertook a pilgrimage to Mecca.

On his return to Cairo, he met the Emperor of Mali, Mansa Musa, and undertook a trip to his kingdom with him in 1324. There he began to work in architecture, his masterpiece being the Djinguereber Mosque in Timbuktu.

In 1337, he travelled to Fez as ambassador of Kansu Mussa, Emperor of the Kingdom of Blacks.


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