Muhammad ibn Iyas

Muhammad ibn Iyas (b. June 1448; d. after November 1522) is one of the most important historians in modern Egyptian history.[1] He was an eyewitness to the Ottoman invasion of Egypt.

Of Circassian[2] origin, he was one of the Memluks and was entitled Bada'I al-Zuhur fi Waqa'I al-Duhur.

His quotes have been used in many references like his statement about Al-Nasir Muhammad: "His name was mentioned everywhere like no other king's name. All the kings wrote to him, sent gifts to him and feared him. The whole of Egypt was in his grasp."


Ibn Iyas was the author of a six-volume history of Egypt, totalling over 3,000 pages,[3][verification needed] entitled "Badai Alzuhur Fi Wakayi Alduhur". [4][verification needed]


  1. ^ "Gamal al-Ghitani; Winner of the Greatest French Prize for Translated Literature". Egypt State Information Service. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11.
  2. ^ Brinner, W.M. "Ibn Iyās".
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  4. ^ ابن إياس ؛ [Ibn Iyas] (2007). بدائع الزهور في وقائع الدهور [Flowers in the Chronicles of the Ages] (in Arabic). اختصار و تقديم مدحت الجيار [Abridged and edited by Medhat al-Jayyar]. Cairo: الهيئة المصرية العامة للكتاب، [Almisriya Lilkitab]. p. 91. ISBN 977-419-623-6. OCLC 621653566.

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Sotheby's October 9, 2013, auction of an autograph unicum of his Kitab 'aja'ib al-akhbar li-khutat misr al-amsar.