Medieval Arabic Historigraphy (Soas Routledgecurzon Studies by K. Hirschler

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And Bahm6 al-Dln trio under the Ayyubids with the ^Izz al-Dln, Jamml al-Dln Aydughdl and Sharaf al-Dln trio under the Mamluks, which assured Ibn Wmxil of his social long term position. Shifting the focus to the group of religious scholars with whom Ibn Wmxil was possibly in contact during his years in Egypt, we encounter a vaguer picture. His co-student from the Syrian years – the judge Ibn Khallikmn – and three of his teachers from this period – the chief herbalist Ibn al-Bayyar (d. 646/1248), the chief physician Ibn al-Naf ls (d.

Ibn Wmxil extolled Jamml al-Dln b. Mayrn. and Bahm6 al-Dln Zuhayr repeatedly as having been unique in Ayyubid history and beyond. According to him the administrator al-Qm,l al-Fm,il was outstanding in Xalm. 72 Taken together, >usmm al-Dln, Bahm6 al-Dln and Jamml al-Dln b. Mayrn. were of particular importance in al-Malik al-Xmli. 73 Thus, Ibn Wmxil’s move to Egypt can be considered in the light of his network at the court of al-Malik al-Xmli. Ayynb. He disposed of a closely knit set of connections, mainly made up of individuals who did not belong to the group of religious scholars, but were either military commanders or administrative officials.

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