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Abul Hasan Ali Mas’udi, one of the most eminent Arab writers (893 – 956). His works comprise geography, history, comparativism, general philosophy, science, Muslim law and its principles. He also wrote the history of “Imam Ali” of the family of the Prophet, of the Twelver Shi’a and of the Imamate. The best known among the 36 titles listed are:
- A great history of the world, which is said to have filled 30 volumes
- A work containing generalities regarding the universe #### and information of a historical nature on non-Muslim people (including the pre-Islamic Arabs)
- The history of Islam from the Prophet up to the caliphate of the Abbasid caliph “al-Mu’ti Lillah”
- Warning and revision, basically on overall review


encyclopedia of Islam


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