Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Usāma ibn Munqidh
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Usāma ibn Murshid ibn ‘Alī

Date of Birth: 1095

Place of Birth: Shayzar

Date of Death: 16 November 1188

Place of Death: Damascus


Usāma is the best known of the Banū Munqidh clan of Shayzar. He lived in the town from his birth until 1131, when he joined the ruler Zangī at Aleppo and, due to a family dispute over the succession, returned only once, the occasion of his father’s death and also the…

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Mallett, Alex, “Usāma ibn Munqidh”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2010

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