Lives of Frankish princes from al-Ṣafadī’s biographical dictionary, al-wāfī bil-wafayāt

Wael Abu-ʿUksa*

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This article endeavours to bring to the English reader unpublished historical sources about Frankish figuers in the fourteenth century biographical dictionary al-Wāfī bil-wafayāt. This work, one of the largest biographical dictionaries in the history of the genre in Arabic, was written by Khalīl b. Aibak Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn, al-Ṣafadī who was born in 1297 to a Mamluk father and a respected amir of the Mamluk military troops in Ṣafad. This article analyse nine biographies of Frankish historical figures and endeavours to answer the question: how original were al-Ṣafadī’s biographies on Frankish princes?.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)83-104
Number of pages22
JournalMediterranean Historical Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2017

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  • Frankish princes in Arabic
  • Franks in Arabic
  • Khalil b. Aibak Salah al-Din al-Safadi
  • Mamluk biographical dictionary
  • al-Wafi bil-wafayat


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