ʾAbū l-ʿAbbās ʾAḥmad bin ʾAbī Yaʿqūb bin Ǧaʿfar bin Wahb bin Waḍīḥ al-Yaʿqūbī[a] (died 897/8), commonly referred to simply by his nisba al-Yaʿqūbī, was an Arab[3][4][5][6] Muslim geographer[7] and perhaps the first historian of world culture in the Abbasid Caliphate.[8]

ʾAbū l-ʿAbbās ʾAḥmad bin ʾAbī Yaʿqūb bin Ǧaʿfar bin Wahb bin Waḍīḥ al-Yaʿqūbī
DiedAH 284 (AD 897–898)[1][2]
OccupationArab writer, traveller and historian
LanguageArabic
PeriodIslamic Golden Age
(Abbasid era)
GenreHistory and geography
Notable worksTa'rikh ibn Wadih and Kitab al-Buldan
Arabic name
Personal
(Ism)
ʾAḥmad
أحمد
Patronymic
(Nasab)
bin ʾAbī Yaʿqūb bin Ǧaʿfar bin Wahb bin Waḍīḥ
بن أبي يعقوب بن جعفر بن وهب بن واضح
Teknonymic
(Kunya)
ʾAbū l-ʿAbbās
أبو العباس
Toponymic
(Nisba)
al-Yaʿqūbī
اليعقوبي

LifeEdit

He was born in Baghdad[3] as the great-grandson of Wadih, the freedman of the caliph Al-Mansur. Until 873 he lived in Armenia and Khorasan, working under the patronage of the Tahirids Governors; then he traveled to India, Egypt and the Maghreb,[9] and died in Egypt. He died in AH 284 (897/8).[2]

His sympathies with Ahl al-Bayt[10] are found throughout his works.[11]

In 872, he lists the kingdoms of Bilād as-Sūdān, including Ghana, Gao, and Kanem.[12]

WorksEdit

EditionsEdit

  • Gordon, Mathew S. and al. (2018). The Works Of Ibn Wāḍiḥ Al Yaʿqūbī. Brill. pp. Vol 1, 2, 3. ISBN 9789004364165.
  • Ya'qubi (1861). A. W. T. Juynboll (ed.). Kitab al-Buldan (in Arabic). BRILL.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Arabic: أبو العباس أحمد بن أبي يعقوب بن جعفر بن وهب بن واضح اليعقوبي

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Muhammad's successor". www.ismaili.net. Archived from the original on 2006-11-26. Retrieved 2006-10-29.
  2. ^ a b Ya'qubi at the Encyclopædia Britannica
  3. ^ a b Zaman, Muhammad Qasim (1960–2009). The encyclopaedia of Islam. H. A. R. Gibb, P. J. Bearman (II. ed.). Leiden: Brill. pp. 257–258. ISBN 90-04-16121-X. OCLC 399624. Archived from the original on 2019-09-25. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  4. ^ "Al-Yaʿqūbī | Arab historian and geographer". Archived from the original on 2021-08-27. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  5. ^ Universalis, Encyclopædia. "AL YA'QUBI". Encyclopædia Universalis. Archived from the original on 2021-05-09. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  6. ^ "Al-Ya'qubi | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com. Archived from the original on 2021-06-24. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  7. ^ Thatcher 1911.
  8. ^ Daly, Okasha El (2005). Egyptology : the missing millennium : ancient Egypt in medieval Arabic writings. London: UCL. p. 166. ISBN 1844720632.
  9. ^ a b   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainThatcher, Griffithes Wheeler (1911). "Ya'qūbī". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 904.
  10. ^ Camilla Adang, Muslim Writers on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible: From Ibn Rabban to Ibn Hazm, (E.J. Brill, 1996), 37.
  11. ^ "al-Yaʿqūbī | Arab historian and geographer | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Archived from the original on 2021-08-27. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  12. ^ Levtzion, Nehemia (1973). Ancient Ghana and Mali. New York: Methuen & Co Ltd. p. 3. ISBN 0841904316.

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