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Ibn Wāṣil: An Ayyūbid Perspective on Frankish Lordships and Crusades

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Ibn Wāṣil (604/1208-697/1298) was a relatively prominent scholar and administrator who had close links with the political and military elites of Ayyūbid and early Mamlūk-period Egypt and Syria throughout his career. Although Ibn Wāṣil was trained in the religious sciences and held positions as mudarris and qāḍī, his scholarly fame rested on his learning in fields such as logic, in which 'he rose like the sun'. The Frankish lordships of Syria were to a large extent integrated into the highly pluralistic political landscape of the region and the conclusion of truces between Frankish and Muslim rulers was standard practice. The Franks only enter these summaries when major Crusades arrived in Syria or Egypt and threatened to destabilize the political status quo. Since Ibn Wāṣil's work was first and foremost a chronicle of the Ayyūbids, the Latin lordships do not play a central role in the narrative.

Keywords: Ayyūbid; Crusades; Frankish Lordships; Ibn Wāṣil



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