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Muslim historian
Name: Izz ad-Dīn Abu al-Hassan Ibn al-Athīr
Title: ibn al-Athir
Birth: 1160 CE, Cizre, present-day Turkey
Death: 630 AH (1233) [1]
Maddhab: Sunni
Main interests: History
Works: The Complete History and The Lions of the Forest and the knowledge about the Companions
Influenced: Abul Fida Ismail Hamvi

Abu al-Hassan Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad[2], better known as Ali 'Izz al-Din Ibn al-Athir al-Jazari[3](Arabic: عزالدین ابن الاثیر الجزری) (1160 – 1233) was an Arab Muslim historian born in Cizre, a town in present-day Şırnak province in south-eastern Turkey, from the Ibn Athir family. According to the 1911 Edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica, he was born in Turkey Jazirat Ibn Umar [2]. According to the Encyclopaedia of Islam[4].



He spent a scholarly life in Mosul, but often visited Baghdad. He was a Kurd, therefore for a time he was with Saladin's army in Syria and later lived in Aleppo and Damascus. His chief work was a history of the world, al-Kamil fi at-Tarikh (The Complete History). He includes some information on the Rus' people in his chronology.


  • The Complete History (Arabic: Al-Kamil fi al-Tarikh).
  • The Lions of the Forest and the knowledge about the Companions (Arabic: Usud al-Ghabah fi Ma'rifah al-Sahabah).

See also


  1. ^ Fourth to Seventh century
  2. ^ Ali, the father of Hasan and son of Muhammad who was the son of Muhammad
  3. ^ Ali, height of belief, son of Athir, from Jazar
  4. ^ [1]

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