Ibn al-Furat

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For the family of Abbasid viziers, see Banu'l-Furat.

Nāṣir al-Dīn Muḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Raḥīm b. ʿAlī al-Miṣrī al-Ḥanafī (1334–1405), better known as Ibn al-Furāt, was an Egyptian historian, best known for his universal history, Taʾrīkh al-duwal wa ’l-mulūk ("History of the Dynasties and Kingdoms").[1] The work remained unfinished (only the volumes dealing with the years after 1106 were completed) and survives in fragments of the original autograph manuscript, mostly preserved in Vienna.[1] It was not widely esteemed or disseminated among his contemporary and later Muslim historians, but Ibn al-Furat's work is of particular importance for modern scholars due to its high level of detail and the mostly verbatim use of a wide variety of sources, including Christian and Shia authors suspect to mainstream orthodox Sunni historiography. Some of these works survive only through Ibn al-Furat's reuse of them.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Cahen 1986, pp. 768–769.


  • Cahen, Claude (1986). "Ibn al-Furāt". The Encyclopedia of Islam, New Edition, Volume III: H–Iram. Leiden and New York: BRILL. pp. 768–769. ISBN 90-04-08118-6.