Ibn Khalikan ĭbn khă´lēkăn [key] or Ahmad bin Muhammad al-Barmaki al-Irbili ash-Shafii, 1211–82, Arabic biographer, b. in Erbil, Iraq. Ibn Khallikan lived and served as a judge and scholar in Mamluk Egypt and Syria. His main work, Wafayat al-Ayan wa-Anba Abna az-Zaman (Biographical Dictionary), a biographical and historical compendium, is a primary reference for its extensive reporting on contemporaries and its lengthy quotations from otherwise lost sources.
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