Yaqut al-Hamawi

Arab bibliographer and geographer

1178   -   1229

occupation: explorer, geographer, writer

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Yāqūt Shihāb al-Dīn ibn-'Abdullāh al-Rūmī al-Hamawī (1179–1229) (Arabic: ياقوت الحموي الرومي‎) was an Arab biographer and geographer of Greek origin, renowned for his encyclopedic writings on the Muslim world. The nisba "al-Rumi" ("from Rūm") refers to his Greek (Byzantine) descent; "al-Hamawi" is taken after his master's name; and Ibn Abdullah is "son of Abdullah". The word yāqūt means ruby or hyacinth.
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