Ibn Manzur

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Ibn Manẓūr (Arabic: ابن منظور) (June–July 1233 - December 1311/January 1312) was an Arabic lexicographer and author of a large dictionary called Lisān al-ʿArab.

His full name

His full name was: Muhammad ibn Mukarram ibn `Alī ibn Ahmad ibn Manzūr al-Ansārī al-Ifrīqī al-Misrī al-Khazrajī Jamāl al-Dīn Abū al-Fadl (Arabic محمد بن مكرم بن علي بن أحمد بن منظور الأنصاري الإفريقي المصري الخزرجي جمال الدين أبو الفضل).

His life

Ibn Manzur was born in 1233. He was of arab descent of Banu Khazraj tribe of Ansar. Ibn Hajar reports that he was Qadi there and spent his life as clerk in the Diwan al-Insha', an office that was responsible among other things for correspondence, archiving and copying.[1] Fück assumes to be able to identify him with Muḥammad b. Mukarram, who was one of the secretaries of this institution (the so called Kuttāb al-Inshāʾ) under Qalawun. Following Brockelmann, Ibn Manzur studied philology. He dedicated most of his life to excerpts from works of historical philology. He is said to have left 500 volumes of this work. He died around the turn of the years 1311/1312 in Cairo.

His works

  • Lisān al-ʿArab: The Lisān al-ʿArab (لسان العرب, "The Arab Tongue") was completed by Ibn Manzur in 1290.

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  1. Cf. H.L. Gottschalk: Art. Dīwān ii. Egypt, in: ²Encyclopaedia of Islam II (1965), p.327-331