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Sibṭ Ibn al-Jawzī

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Sibṭ Ibn al-Jawzī was a hugely influential figure in Syria, and particularly Damascus, in the first half of the seventh/thirteenth century. In addition to the main activities Sibṭ Ibn al-Jawzī was also known in his capacity as a writer, although in this regard he was not as prolific as others, as he seems to have written a maximum of only thirty known works, just five of which are extant. One of the more notable and controversial acts in his career was his 'conversion' from the Ḥanbalī school of Islamic law to the Ḥanafī, which occurred during the reign of al-Muʿaẓẓam ʿĪsā. From the modern perspective Miʾrāt al-zamān is Sibṭ Ibn al-Jawzī's most famous work, being an important source for any study of the history of Syria in the first half of the seventh/thirteenth century and, as will be seen, the history of the wider Islamic world in the fifth/tenth century.

Keywords: al-Muʿaẓẓam ʿĪsā; Damascus; Miʾrāt al-zamān; Sibṭ Ibn al-Jawzī; Syria



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