Scholar of history and geography. (B. November 1273,
He is famous with his world history book titled El-Muhtasar fî Târihi'1-Beşer he completed in 1321. Another work of him titled Takvim-ül-Buldan which is a short but very valuable geography book was translated into European languages. Ebü’l Fidâ as a ruler always protected scientists and artists like him. Aside from his administration, he took lectures from famous scholars of the period. He acquired knowledge in various scientific fields such as fiqh, tafsir, philosophy, logics, medicine, botanic, history, geography and syntax. He started to register the happenings at his time starting from very early dates. Besides he wrote poetry and guided literary developments at his time. He cared for the needs of people and built numerous mosques, madrasahs and palaces from which some survived until the present. The Câmiu'l-Hayyât in Hama is his work. Ebü’l Fidâ passed away in Hama on the 26th of October 1331 and inhumed to the tomb he built earlier for himself. His death not only upset the scholars, but also people of Hama who lived a prosperous and peaceful life under his just rule. His tomb, which was ruined in time, was repaired in 1925.
El-Muhtasar fî Târihi'1-Beşer (Published in 2 volumes in 1869), Takvîmü'l-Büldân, Nazmü'l-Hâvi'ş-Sağir, Şerhu'l-Kâfiye, Kitâbü'l-Mevâzîn, et-Tibrü'l-Mesbûk fî Târîhi'l-Mülûk, el-Künnâş.
REFERENCE: M. Şemseddin Günaltay / İslâmda Târih ve Müverrihler (1939-42), İbrahim Alaeddin Gövsa / Türk Meşhurları (1946), Büyük Larousse (c. 6, s. 3504, 1986), Ana Britannica (c. 7, s. 612, 1987), Abdülkerim Özaydın / “Ebü’l Fidâ” (TDV İslam Ansiklopedisi, c. 10, s. 320-321, 1994), İhsan Işık / Ünlü Bilim Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüler Ansiklopedisi, c. 2,).