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Al-Shams ibn Kabar
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Shams al-Riʾāsa Abū l-Barakāt ibn al-Akmal al-Asʿad ibn Kabar, al-qiss Barṣawmā

Date of Birth: Unknown; second half of the 13th century

Place of Birth: Possibly Old Cairo

Date of Death: 10 May 1324

Place of Death: Old Cairo


It appears that Abū l-Barakāt was born into a wealthy family in Old Cairo. He learned Arabic, mathematics and Coptic, and at some point he became secretary (kātib) to the prince (amīr, not the sultan as Cheikho and so…

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Awad, Wadi, “Al-Shams ibn Kabar”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 15 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2010

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