Of what a biographer approves: The case of Akmal al-Din Ibn Muflih

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January 19, 2020

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Damascus Anecdotes

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Torsten Wollina, « Of what a biographer approves: The case of Akmal al-Din Ibn Muflih », Damascus Anecdotes, ID : 10670/1.5ot0de


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This short post revolves around a short biography of Akmal al-Din Ibn Muflih, a somewhat elusive figure of early Ottoman Damascus. He was Ibn Tulun's most visible student; that is, his handwriting is found in many of his teacher's autographs. Yet, little substantial information can be found on him in the biographical literature. In this and several future posts, we will see that even the most basic facts of his career become uncertain once biographical accounts are compared. But first, this p...

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