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Shams al-Din Muhammad ibn Mahmud (Al-Shahrazuri)


The earlies known scholar from Jaff tribe is Shams al-Din Muhammad ibn Mahmud '''[[Al-Shahrazuri]]'''. His father, Mahmud Sharazori was born in [[Sharazor]] in 13th century. Al-Shahrazuri was an important historian and scholar who composed a biographical dictionary of both ancient Greek and early Muslim learned men.

Although he wrote a major work on the biographies of scholars, his own life is virtually unknown, for neither his birth nor death dates are certain.Edward Granville Browne mentions two medical works attributed to him, one in Arabic, and another in Persian language.(E. Browne, p.100) It appears that he was alive in AD 1288.

For his life and writings, see:

P. Lory, "Shahrazuri" in The Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd edition, ed. by H.A.R. Gibbs, B. Lewis, Ch. Pellat, C. Bosworth et al., 11 vols. (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1960-2002), vol. 9, p. 219

Carl Brockelmann, Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, Supplement, 3 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 1937-1942) vol. 1, pp 850-1

Sami Hamarneh, "Arabic Historiography as Related to the Health Professions in Medieval Islam", Sudhoffs Archiv, vol. 50 (1966), pp 2-24, esp. pp 17-18.

Edward Granville Browne, Islamic Medicine, 2002, Goodword Pub., ISBN 81-87570-19-9

Michael Privot, Le Kitâb al-rumûz d'al-Shahrazûrî: une oeuvre ishrâqî? (PhD Thesis)