Shihab al-Din Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Fadlallah al-Umari
: شهاب الدين أبو العبّاس أحمد بن فضل الله العمري
: Shihāb al-Dīn Abū al-ʿAbbās Aḥmad ibn Faḍlallāh al-ʿUmarī
), commonly known as Ibn Fadlallah al-Umari
, (1300 – 1349) was an Arab historian
, born in Damascus
His major works include at-Taʾrīf bi-al-muṣṭalaḥ ash-sharīf
, on the subject of the Mamluk
administration, and Masālik al-abṣār fī mamālik al-amṣār
, an encyclopedic collection of related information.
The latter was translated into French by Maurice Gaudefroy-Demombynes
Ibn Fadlallah visited Cairo
shortly after the MalianMansa Kankan Musa I
's pilgrimage to Mecca
, and his writings are one of the primary sources for this legendary hajj
. In particular, Ibn Fadlallah recorded that the Mansa dispensed so much gold that its value fell in Egypt
for a decade afterward, a story that is often repeated in describing the wealth of the Mali Empire.
- ^ a b "Al-ʿUmarī - Syrian scholar". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
- ^ Kingdom of Mali Primary Sources - Boston University: African Studies Center
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