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Muslim historian
Name: Abu Muhammad 'Abd al-Malik bin Hisham
Title: Ibn Hisham
Death: 218AH 833CE
Region: Egyptian
Maddhab: Sunni
Main interests: History
Works: The life of the Prophet
Influences: Ibn Ishaq

Abu Muhammad 'Abd al-Malik bin Hisham (Arabic: أبو محمد عبدالمالك بن هشام‎), or Ibn Hisham (died 833) edited the biography of Muhammad written by Ibn Ishaq. Ibn Ishaq's work is lost and is now only known in the recensions of Ibn Hisham and al-Tabari. Ibn Hisham grew up in Basra, Iraq, but moved afterwards to Egypt,[1] where he gained a name as a grammarian and student of language and history. His family was of Himyarite origin, though some narrators trace him to Mu'afir ibn Ya'far, while others say he is a Dhuhli.[2]



  • As-Sirah an-Nabawiyyah
  • He also wrote a work on South Arabian antiquities: Kitab al-Tijan li ma'rifati muluk al-zaman (Book of Crowns in knowing kings of the age)

See also

List of Islamic scholars


  1. ^ Mustafa al-Suqa, Ibrahim al-Abyari and Abdul-Hafidh Shalabi, Tahqiq Sirah an-Nabawiyyah li Ibn Hisham, ed.: Dar Ihya al-Turath, p. 24
  2. ^ Ibid, p. 23

External links

1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

IBN HISHAM [Abu Mahommed `Abdulmalik ibn Hisham ibn Ayyub ul-Himyari] (d. 834), Arabian biographer, studied in Kufa but lived afterwards in Fostat (old Cairo), where he gained a name as a grammarian and student of language and history. His chief work is his edition of Ibn Ishaq's (q.v.) Life of the Apostle of God, which has been edited by F. Wiistenfeld (Gottingen, 1858-1860). An abridged German translation has been made by G. Weil (Stuttgart, 1864; cf. P. Bronnle, Die Commentatoren des Ibn Ishaq and ihre Scholien, Halle, 1895). Ibn Hisham is said to have written a work explaining the difficult words which occur in poems on the life of the Apostle, and another on the genealogies of the Himyarites and their princes. (G. W. T.)

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