Ibn Hisham

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Muslim historian
Abu Muhammad 'Abd al-Malik bin Hisham
Title Ibn Hisham

212/218 A.H/828 or 833 A.D[1]

Era Islamic golden age
Region Basra, Egypt
Religion Islam
Main interest(s) History
Notable work(s) The Life of the Prophet

Abu Muhammad 'Abd al-Malik bin Hisham (Arabic: أبو محمد عبدالمالك بن هشام‎), or Ibn Hisham edited the biography of Prophet Muhammad written by Ibn Ishaq.[2] Ibn Ishaq's work is lost and is now only known in the recensions of Ibn Hisham and al-Tabari.[3] He was also said to have mastered Arabic philology in a way which only Sibawayh had.[4]

Ibn Hisham has been said to have grown up in Basra and moved afterwards to Egypt,[5] while others have narrated that his family was descended from Basra but he himself was born in Old Cairo.[6] Either way, it is in Egypt where he gained a name as a grammarian and student of language and history. His family was of Himyarite origin, though some narrators trace him to Mu'afir ibn Ya'far, while others say he is a Dhuhli.[5]


  • As-Sirah an-Nabawiyyah, an edited (though not copied) version of Ibn Ishaq's original work.[7] It is now considered one of the classic works on the biography of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.[8][9]
  • He also wrote a work on South Arabian antiquities: Kitab al-Tijan li ma'rifati muluk al-zaman (Book of Crowns in knowing kings of the age)

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  1. ^ Nerina Rustomji, The Garden and the Fire: Heaven and Hell in Islamic Culture, pg. 7. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. ISBN 9780231511834
  2. ^ Kathryn Kueny, The Rhetoric of Sobriety: Wine in Early Islam, pg. 59. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001. ISBN 9780791490181
  3. ^ Sahaja Carimokam, Muhammad and the People of the Book, pg. 520. Bloomington: Xlibris, 2011. ISBN 9781453537855
  4. ^ Ibn Khaldun, Muqaddimah, vol. 2, pg. 298. Trns. Franz Rosenthal. Issue 43 of Bollingen Series (General) Series. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967. ISBN 9780691097978
  5. ^ a b Mustafa al-Suqa, Ibrahim al-Abyari and Abdul-Hafidh Shalabi, Tahqiq Sirah an-Nabawiyyah li Ibn Hisham, ed.: Dar Ihya al-Turath, pp. 23-4
  6. ^ William Muir, The Life of Mahomet: With Introductory Chapters on the Original Sources for the Biography of Mahomet, and on the Pre-Islamite History of Arabia, vol. 1, pg. xciv. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1861.
  7. ^ Mahmood ul-Hasan, Ibn Al-At̲h̲ir: An Arab Historian : a Critical Analysis of His Tarikh-al-kamil and Tarikh-al-atabeca, pg. 71. New Delhi: Northern Book Center, 2005. ISBN 9788172111540
  8. ^ Antonie Wessels, A Modern Arabic Biography of Muḥammad: A Critical Study of Muḥammad Ḥusayn , pg. 1. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 1972.
  9. ^ Ira M. Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies, pg. 18. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN 9780521779333

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