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Al-Nuwayrī, also Shihāb al-Dīn Ahmad, b. 'Abd al-Wahhāb al-Nuwayri (born 1272 – died 1332) was an Egyptian Muslim historian and civil servant of the Bahri Mamluk dynasty. He is most notable for his compilation of a 9,000 page encyclopedia of the Mamluk era, titled The Aim of the Intelligent in the Art of Letters (Arabic: نهاية الأرب في فنون الأدب‎‎, transliterated: Nihayat al-arab fī funūn al-adab), which pertained to zoology, anatomy, history, chronology amongst others. [1] He is also known for his extensive work regarding the Mongols conquest of Syria. Al-Nuwayri started his encyclopedia in 1314 and completed it in 1330.[2]


  1. ^ Collison, Robert L. "Encyclopaedia - The Arab World". Encyclopedia Brittannica. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Armstrong, Lyall. "The Making of a Sufi: al-Nuwayri's Account of the Origin of Genghis Khan" (PDF). Middle East Documentation Center. University of Chicago. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • The Historiography of Islamic Egypt (C. 950-1800), "Al-Nuwayrī as a historian of the Mongols", p.23 and seq. Reuven Amitai. Online