Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn al-Faqih al-Hamadani (Persian: احمد بن محمد ابن فقيه همدانی) (fl. 902) was a 10th-century Persian[1] historian and geographer, famous for his Mukhtasar Kitab al-Buldan ("Concise Book of Lands") written in Arabic.

Ibn al-Faqih
ParentMuḥammad ibn al-Faqih
Academic work
EraIslamic Golden Age
Main interestsIslamic geography
Notable worksMukhtasar Kitab al-Buldan ("Concise Book of Lands")

In the 1870s the Dutch orientalist Michael Jan de Goeje edited a selection of geography works of Arab geographers in an eight-volume series titled Bibliotheca geographorum Arabicorum published by Lugduni-Batavae (Leiden) Brill publishers. Al-Hamadhānī's Mukhtasar Kitab al-Buldan was published in volume 5 of this series.

In 1967 second editions were printed by Dar Sadir (Beirut) and E.J. Brill (Lugduni Batavorum).

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  1. ^ Donzel, E. J. van (1 January 1994). Islamic Desk Reference. BRILL. p. 147. ISBN 90-04-09738-4. Ibn al-Faqih: Persian author of a geography written in Arabic; ixth c. In his only surviving work The Book of the Countries, he describes his native town Hamadan and the countries of Iran, Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Rum, Jazira, Central Asia, Nubia and Abyssinia. North Africa, al-Andalus and Sudan are given merely a brief résumé.