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 Kitāb al-i‘tibār
(941 words)


Usāma ibn Munqidh

Date: 1183

Original Language: Arabic


The Kitāb al-i‘tibār is an autobiographical work, dictated by Usāma when he was almost 90, and  its contents reveal to the reader aspects of medieval Islamic society rarely seen in other writings. There are other autobiographies, but they do not have the same richness or appeal of material as Usāma’s work. Through a number of anecdotes, t…

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Mallett, Alex, “ Kitāb al-i‘tibār”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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