The Damascene Historian, Hebat Allah ibn Al-Akfani (d. 524 AH / 1129 CE) and his book "Tassmeyat Umara Demashq"

  • Issam Mustafa Okleh University of Sharjah- College of Arts
Keywords: Ibn al-Akfani, naming the princes of Damascus, Damascus, the Seljuk’s, the Fatimid’s


This study aims to shed light on the Damascene historian, Hebt Allah Ibn Al-Akfani (d. 524 AH / 1129 CE) and his book “Tassmeyat Umara Demashq”, by showing the features of Ibn Al-Akfani’s life and explaining the importance of his book, especially since he is one of the few historians who contemplated the Fatimid state during its rule in the Levant. , And the contemporary of the fall of his control over him, and the study tries to shed light on his family, his life, his culture, his inclinations and his influences in his historical writings, and studying the remains of his book "Tassmeyat Umara Demashq " missing and available we say about him in some of the subsequent sources on him, his method of classifying his book, and the resources that he adopted It is based on its classification, methodology, and importance for the history of Damascus, for Fatimid studies in general, and for the time range of its book.

The study concluded that Ibn Asaker relied on Ibn Al-Akfani’s book in most of his translations on the Fatimid princes of Damascus, and Ibn Al-Akfani’s approach to the history of the year (history over the years) in organizing his book, and his keen desire to provide the accurate history of his incidents, and the reasons for isolation and assumption of the princes, their ethnic origins and their surnames.

The study concluded that it relied on the sources of contemporary events from its elders and elders, in addition to the state records, and its observations of the events that were contemporary, and that his inclinations towards his news were moderate with a clear bias to the Abbasid caliphate in the face of the Fatimid caliphate, but his bias was moderate compared to other historians.


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How to Cite
Okleh, I. (2021). The Damascene Historian, Hebat Allah ibn Al-Akfani (d. 524 AH / 1129 CE) and his book "Tassmeyat Umara Demashq". Al-Adab Journal, 1(138), 119-144.