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Biographical Data :

Name :Yaqut Al Hamawi
Period :1179 - 1229
Biographical detail : Merchant, traveller, bookseller and writer.

The author of the first geographical dictionary. He also wrote ‘Mu’ajam al-shu’ara’ and ‘Mu’ajam al-udaba’. His ‘Mu`ajam al-Buldan’ was a veritable encyclopaedia containing information on geography, history, ethnography and natural science.

He belonged to Byzantine but was known as Hamwi because a trader bought him as a slave from Hamah.
 (Compiler : M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin / Gerhard Wedel)


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