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Abul Feda

Abul-Feda, Ismael Ben-Ali, Emad-Eddin, an Arabian prince; distinguished as a warrior and a man of letters; born at Damascus, 1273, being of Saladin's family. He fought against the Crusaders, and later against the Tartars and Bibacs. He inherited the princedom of Hamah, 1298, but was not established there firmly till 1311. His Universal History and Geography are the most important records extant of Arabian affairs during the period preceding his own. He died in 1331.