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Kamāl al-Dīn ʿUmar Ibn al-ʿAdīm

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Kamāl al-Dīn ʿUmar b. Aḥmad Ibn al-ʿAdīm, the jurist and historian, was born in Aleppo in 588/1192 into the Banu'l-Abī Jarāda, a well-established family of Ḥanafī Sunnīs of Iraqi origin who had settled in Aleppo in the third/ninth century. Almost all Kamāl al-Dīn's professional career was based in Aleppo. In the diplomatic arena, on the other hand, Kamāl al-Dīn played a leading role in the service of the Ayyūbid rulers, first of Aleppo and then of Damascus. The Mongol invasions were the cause of his last ambassadorial mission to Cairo at the end of the year 657/1259. His writings, some of which are now lost, reflect his main interests: education, calligraphy, history and poetry. Bughyat al-ṭalab fī taʾrīkh Ḥalab was generally known under the shortened title of Taʾrīkh Ḥalab ('The History of Aleppo') by medieval writers, was originally composed of forty volumes, of which only ten survive.

Keywords: Ayyūbid rulers; Banu'l-Abī Jarāda; Cairo; Damascus; History of Aleppo; Kamāl al-Dīn ʿUmar Ibn al-ʿAdīm; Mongol invasions

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