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1274 - 1348

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Shams ad-Dīn adh-Dhahabī (شمس الدين الذهبي), also known as Shams ad-Dīn Abū ʿAbdillāh Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn ʿUthmān ibn Qāymāẓ ibn ʿAbdillāh at-Turkumānī al-Fāriqī ad-Dimashqī (5 October 1274 – 3 February 1348) was an Islamic historian and Hadith expert. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Al-Dhahabi has received more than 250,196 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Al-Dhahabi is the 70th most popular historian (up from 79th in 2019), the 40th most popular biography from Syria (up from 46th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Syrian Historian.

Al-Dhahabi is most famous for being a scholar of hadith, the author of a number of books on the subject, and for being the head of the committee that wrote the Siyar A'lam al-Nubala.

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Among historians, Al-Dhahabi ranks 70 out of 339Before him are Henri Pirenne, Bernard Lewis, Theophylact Simocatta, Al-Baladhuri, Nicolaus of Damascus, and Johann Jakob Bachofen. After him are Movses Khorenatsi, Erich Auerbach, Carlo Ginzburg, Eutropius, Donna Haraway, and Julius Wellhausen.

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Among people born in 1274, Al-Dhahabi ranks 3Before him are Robert the Bruce and Eric VI of Denmark. After him are Marino Faliero, Louis of Toulouse, Rudolf I, Duke of Bavaria, Irene of Montferrat, and Catherine I, Latin Empress. Among people deceased in 1348, Al-Dhahabi ranks 5Before him are Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Pietro Lorenzetti, Andrea Pisano, and Laura de Noves. After him are Blanche of Valois, Giovanni Villani, Don Juan Manuel, Bernardo Daddi, Barlaam of Seminara, Eleanor of Portugal, Queen of Aragon, and Emperor Hanazono.

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In Syria

Among people born in Syria, Al-Dhahabi ranks 40 out of 181Before him are Heliodorus of Emesa (250), Julia Maesa (165), Odaenathus (220), Yazid III (701), Ibrahim ibn al-Walid (700), and Nicolaus of Damascus (-64). After him are Herodian (170), Michel Aflaq (1910), Julia Soaemias (180), Tutush I (1066), Maron (301), and Al-Adil I (1145).


Among historians born in Syria, Al-Dhahabi ranks 3Before him are Ibn Kathir (1301) and Nicolaus of Damascus (-64). After him are Evagrius Scholasticus (536).