Ibn al-Ḳifṭī
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, Abu ’l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Yūsuf al-Ḳifṭī, called Ḏj̲amāl al-Dīn, was born in 568 (1172) in Ḳifṭ [q. v.] in Upper Egypt, came early to Cairo where he was instructed in the most varied branches of Arab-Muslim learning, and continued his studies in Jerusalem, to which his father was summoned to an important office in 583 (1187). After spending about 15 years there he went to Aleppo, where he devoted himself entirely for ten years to his literary studies, until in 610 (1213) he was entrusted with the administra…

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Mittwoch, E., “Ibn al-Ḳifṭī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3031>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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