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The Concise History of Humanity or Chronicles (Arabic: المختصر في أخبار البشرTarikhu '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.


It extends from the creation of the world and is a universal history dealing with pre-Islamic and Islamic history down to 1329. It was translated into Latin, French and English.

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.

External linksEdit

  • Biographical Data, by M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin, Salaam Knowledge, retrieved April 20, 2006
  • Tabari, by Jamil Ahmad, Renaissance Pakistan, retrieved April 21, 2006