Aḥmad ibn Abī Ya‘qūb (Ya’qubi)

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Aḥmad ibn Abī Ya‘qūb ibn Ja’far ibn Wahb ibn Waḍīḥ al-Ya‘qūbī (died 897/8), known as Ahmad al-Ya’qubi, or Ya’qubi(Arabic: اليعقوبي‎), was a Muslim geographer[3] and perhaps the first historian of world culture in the Abbasid Caliphate.[4]

Biography

He was a great-grandson of Wadih, the freedman of the caliph Al-Mansur. Until 873 he lived in Armenia and Khorasan, working under the patronage of the Iranian dynasty of the Tahirids; then he traveled to India, Egypt and the Maghreb,[5] and died in Egypt. He died in AH 284 (897/8).In 872, he lists the kingdoms of Bilad el-Sudan, including Ghana, Gao, and Kanem.[8]

Works

  • Ta’rikh ibn Wadih (Chronicle of Ibn Wadih)
  • Kitab al-Buldan (Book of the Countries) – biology, contains a description of the Maghreb, with a full account of the larger cities and much topographical and political information (ed. M. de Goeje, Leiden, 1892).[5]
  • Ya’qubi (1861). A. W. T. Juynboll, ed. Kitab al-Buldan (in Arabic). BRILL.
    • Alt: Ya’qubi (1861). A. W. T. Juynboll, ed. Kitab al-Buldan (in Arabic). BRILL.