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Ibn al-Athir

Muslim historian
Izz ad-Dīn Abu al-Hassan Ibn al-Athīr
Title ibn al-Athir
Born 1160 CE, Jazirat Ibn Umar, Great Seljuq Empire/present-day Cizre, Turkey
Died AH 630 (1232/1233), Mosul, Iraq[1]
Ethnicity Arab or Kurdish
Era Islamic golden age
Jurisprudence Sunni
Main interest(s) History
Notable work(s) The Complete History and The Lions of the Forest on the knowledge about the Companions

Abu al-Hassan Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad, better known as Ali 'Izz al-Din Ibn al-Athir al-Jazari(Arabic: عزالدین ابن الاثیر الجزری) (1233–1160) was an Arab[2] or Kurdish[3][4][5][6][7] historian and biographer who wrote in Arabic and he was from the Ibn Athir family. According to the 1911 Edition of Encyclopædia Britannica, he was born in Jazirat Ibn Umar, Great Seljuq Empire.[8]


Al-Athir lived a scholarly life in Mosul, often visited Baghdad and for a time traveled with Saladin's army in Syria. He later lived in Aleppo and Damascus. His chief work was a history of the world, al-Kamil fi at-Tarikh (The Complete History). He included some information on the Rus' people in his chronology. He died in the city of Mosul.


  • Al-Kāmil fī al-tārīkh: "The Complete History"
  • Al-Tārīkh al-bāhir fī al-Dawlah al-Atābakīyah bi-al-Mawṣil
  • Usd al-ghābah fi ma‘rifat al-ṣaḥābah: "The Lions of the Forest and the knowledge about the Companions"
  • Al-Lubāb fī tahdhīb al-ansāb

See also


External links

  • Ibn al-Athīr's Accounts of the Rūs: A Commentary and Translation by William E. Watson from Canadian/American Slavic Studies
  • Kurds and Kurdistan, Encyclopaedia of Islam.

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