Ibn Taghribirdi

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Ibn Taghribirdi
BornJamal al-Din Ibn Yusuf
2 February 1411
Cairo, Mamluk Sultanate (Cairo),now Egypt
Died5 June 1470 (aged 59)
Cairo, Mamluk Sultanate (Cairo),now Egypt
Resting placeCairo, Egypt
Notable worksAl-Nujum al-zahira fi muluk Misr wa'l-Qahira
النجوم الزاھرۃ فی ملوک مصر والقاھرۃ
Years activecirca 1435—1470

Jamal al-Din Yusuf bin al-Amir Sayf al-Din Taghribirdi (Arabic: جمال الدين يوسف بن الأمير سيف الدين تغري بردي) or Ibn Taghribirdi[1] (2 February 1411— 5 June 1470; 813-874 Hijri) was an Egyptian historian born into the Turkish Mamluk elite of Cairo in the 15th century. He studied under al-Ayni and al-Maqrizi, two of the leading Cairene historians and scholars of the day.[2] His most famous work is a multi-volume chronicle of Egypt and the Mamluk sultanate called al-Nujum al-zahira fi muluk Misr wa'l-Qahira. His style is annalistic and gives precise dates for most events; this format makes it clear that Ibn Taghribirdi had privileged access to the sultans and their records.


  • al-Nujum al-zahira fi muluk Misr wa'l-Qahira. This chronicle begins with the Islamic conquest of Egypt and continues until just before the author's death.[3]
  • al-Manhal al-safi wa'l-mustawfi ba'd al-wafi, a biographical dictionary of sultans,[4] amirs, ulama and other famous people starting at the beginning of the Bahri dynasty. Approximately 3000 biographies total.
  • Hawadith al-duhur fi mada al-ayyam wa'l-shuhur, a continuation of al-Maqrizi's history Suluk li-ma'rifat duwwal al-muluk.


  • History of Egypt 1382–1469; transl. from the Arabic Annals of Abu l-Maḥāsin Ibn Taghrī Birdī by William Popper, Berkeley 1954-63.

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  1. ^ For a more complete list of variations on the spelling and form of his name, see ISNI's listing for him Ibn Taghribirdi: variations.
  2. ^ Massoud, Sami (2007-04-24). The Chronicles and Annalistic Sources of the Early Mamluk Circassian Period. BRILL. ISBN 9789047419792.
  3. ^ "Ibn Taghribirdi Abu Al Mahasin Yusuf 1411 1470 Ce - AbeBooks". www.abebooks.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  4. ^ Young, M. J. L. (1990-05-16). Religion, Learning and Science in the 'Abbasid Period. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521327633.