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Lives of Frankish princes from al-afadī’s biographical dictionary, al-wafī bil-wafayat

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This article endeavours to bring to the English reader unpublished historical sources about Frankish figuers in the fourteenth century biographical dictionary al-wafī bil-wafayat. This work, one of the largest biographical dictionaries in the history of the genre in Arabic, was written by Khalīl b. Aibak ala al-Dīn, al-afadī who was born in 1297 to a Mamluk father and a respected amir of the Mamluk military troops in afad. This article analyse nine biographies of Frankish historical figures and endeavours to answer the question: how original were al-afadī’s biographies on Frankish princes?
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Keywords: Frankish princes in Arabic; Franks in Arabic; Khalil b. Aibak Salah al-Din al-Safadi; Mamluk biographical dictionary; al-Wafi bil-wafayat

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

Publication date: January 2, 2017

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