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Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani

897 - 967

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Ali ibn al-Husayn al-Iṣfahānī (Arabic: أبو الفرج الأصفهاني), also known as Abul-Faraj, (full form: Abū al-Faraj ʿAlī ibn al-Ḥusayn ibn Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥaytham al-Umawī al-Iṣfahānī) (897-967CE / 284–356AH) was a writer, historian, genealogist, poet, musicologist and scribe. He was of Arab-Quraysh origin and mainly based in Baghdad. He is best known as the author of Kitab al-Aghani ("The Book of Songs"), which includes information about the earliest attested periods of Arabic music (from the seventh to the ninth centuries) and the lives of poets and musicians from the pre-Islamic period to al-Isfahani's time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani has received more than 98,229 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani is the 102nd most popular historian (up from 103rd in 2019), the 167th most popular biography from Iran (down from 158th in 2019) and the most popular Iranian Historian.

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Among historians, Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani ranks 102 out of 339Before him are Reinhart Koselleck, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Christoph Cellarius, Arnold Hauser, George Kedrenos, and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. After him are Hayden White, Eunapius, Vasily Bartold, Leo the Deacon, Henry Thomas Buckle, and Doukas.

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Among people born in 897, Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani ranks 1After him is Ngô Quyền. Among people deceased in 967, Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani ranks 2Before him is Boleslaus I, Duke of Bohemia. After him are Sayf al-Dawla, Emperor Murakami, Li Cheng, and Dub, King of Scotland.

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Among people born in Iran, Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani ranks 167 out of 528Before him are Vologases IV (150), Tiridates I of Armenia (null), Arsames (-550), Al-Shahrastani (1086), Al-Baydawi (1201), and Al-Khazini (1077). After him are Ibn Babawayh (918), Vologases VI (200), Abbas Mirza (1789), Shahrokh Shah (1734), Amytis of Media (-630), and Vologases III of Parthia (100).

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Among historians born in Iran, Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani ranks 1After him are Ibn al-Faqih (null), Ahmad Kasravi (1890), and Ehsan Yarshater (1920).