Yaman Its Early Mediaeval History. Also the abridged history of its dynasties by Ibn Khaldun and an account of the Karmathians of Yaman by Abu Abd Allah Baha’ ad-Din al-Jamadi. The original texts with translations and notes by Henry Cassels Kay.

Al-Hakami, Najm ad-Din Omarah / Ibn Khaldun / Abu ‘Abd Allah Baha Ad-din Al-Janadi / edited by Henry Cassels Kay.

Book ID: 2312


8vo. xxv, 358 pp., of English text, [3 blank], 152 pp., of Arabic text, [1 corrigenda], 1 folding map in jacket at rear, 1 folding table, original ivory buckram, soiled & rubbed, spine darkened, heavy foxing on title pages, tear on English title page grossly taped, otherwise interior is clean, notes, 2 indexes,previous owner’s bookplate verso front cover, Edward Arnold, publisher to the India Office, London, first edition, 1892.


A major source of the history of Yemen under Islam in its original Arabic text and its translation into English with an introduction. The work was written by Abu Abdallah Baha’ al-Din al-Djanadi, a Shafi’ite jurist and historian of Yemen. He resided most of his life in Zabid where he apparently died in 1332. This is his only known work entitled Kitab al-suluk fi tabakat al-’ulama wa’l-muluk. It is an important biographical dictionary of the learned men, primarily juries consults, of Yemen arranged by the towns in which they were born or lived. The dictionary proper is preceded by a long introduction comprising a political history of the country from the time of the Prophet to 1323-4, early recognised by the later historians of Yemen to be of the greatest value so that this work is quoted as a source by many other Arab historians.
This is the first edition in English based on a manuscript at the Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris).

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