Concise History of Humanity
The Concise History of Humanity or Chronicles (Arabic: المختصر في أخبار البشر Tarikhu 'al-Mukhtasar fi Akhbar al-Bashar, or تاريخ أبى الفداء Tarikh Abi al-Fida History of Abu al-Fida), is a history book written by Abu al-Fida Ismail Ibn Hamwi in 1315 and continued by the author to 1329.
Abu al-Fida relies on his own sources and his own experiences (he was at the front of events as a fighter) but also very much on the great historian of Mosul preceding him, Ibn al-Athir. Such is the importance of this work that it was continued by many after him, including by Ibn al-Wardi who continued it to 1348, and by Ibn al-Shihna al-Halabi who continued it to 1403.
Its stature was appreciated[opinion] by early Western orientalists. Many partial editions of the work were made in the West, the first by John Cagnier (1670-1740). It was published in 1754 by Reiske, and was for a long time the most important Muslim historical work known in the West.