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, S̲h̲ihāb al-Dīn Aḥmad b. ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Bakrī al-Tamīmī al-Ḳuras̲h̲ī al-S̲h̲āfiʿī, Egyptian encyclopaedist and historian.

Born at Ak̲h̲mīm [q.v.] on 21 D̲h̲u ’l-Ḳaʿda 677/5 April 1279, died in Cairo on 21 Ramaḍān 733/5 June 1333, he is the author of one of the four best-known encyclopaedias of the Mamlūk period. His family may have originated from a small township of the Egyptian Ṣaʿīd, al-Nuwayra, but he had no direct links with this locality. He claims only, and on numerous occasions in the course of his work, to be descended from the caliph Abū Bakr.

His father, Tād̲j̲ al-Dīn Abū…

Cite this page
Chapoutot-Remadi, M., “al-Nuwayrī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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