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Title: The unedited accounts of Abu Al Fida
Authors: Mercieca, Simon
Cassar, Frans X.
Keywords: Abu al-Fida Isma il ibn Ali, 1273-1331
Malta -- History
Arabs -- Malta -- History
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Standard Publications
Citation: Mercieca, S., & Cassar, F. X. (2016). The unedited accounts of Abu Al Fida. The Malta Independent, pp.28-29.
Abstract: The fact that Al Athir’s version about Al Samsam and Ibn al Thamna is repeated by at least two other medieval Arab chron- iclers contradicts the impression European scholars sought to share in this story: European his- torians described it as somehow far-fetched, and the presence of such a strong community of Christians is also exaggerated. Abu Al Fida and Al Dhahabi give us a different opinion and their historical judgment goes beyond the debate on whether the place from where the Chris- tians came was Malta or not. Un- fortunately, neither Abu Al Fida nor Al Dhahabi are ever men- tioned in reference to the history of Malta and their account is not even used when studying Arab rule in 11th century Sicily. This first of a two-part series looks at the writings of Abu Al Fida.
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