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ʿAbd al-Wāḥid al-Marrākushī

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Author(s): Boloix-Gallardo, Bárbara
Muḥyī l-Dīn Abū Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Wāḥid ibn ʿAlī l-Tamīmī l-Marrākushī Date of Birth: 9 July 1185 Place of Birth: Marrakesh Date of Death: Unknown; probably mid-13th century Place of Death: Unknown Biography ʿAbd al-Wāḥid al-Marrākushī was born in Marrakesh, a town he calls ‘the first land that my skin touched’, in 1185, at the beginning of the reign of the Almohad Caliph Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqūb. At a very early age (he was only nine) he went to Fez, a center of science and cultural life, to study the Qur’an and Arabic language. Altho…

 Kitāb al-muʿjib fī talkhīs akhbār al-Maghrib

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Author(s): Boloix-Gallardo, Bárbara
‘The book of wonder, on the summary of news of the Maghreb’ ʿAbd al-Wāḥid al-Marrākushī Date: 15 July 1224 Original Language: Arabic Description Kitāb al-muʿjib fī talkhīṣ akhbār al-Maghrib, ʿAbd al-Wāḥid al-Marrākushī’s best-known work, is a personal account of Almohad rule from its foundation to the 13th century. A number of small details point to Egypt as the place of writing, and ʿAbd al-Wāḥid himself says that he completed it on 15 July 1224. It is a history based on personal knowledge of the Almohad dynasty and some of its recent rulers. It runs from the time of…