An Agreeable Discussion of the History of Egypt and Cairo


This work is a printed edition of Ḥusn al-muhādara fī akhbār Miṣr wa al-Qāhira (An agreeable discussion of the history of Egypt and Cairo) by Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti. It covers the history of Egypt, its rulers and their armies, and their historical reputations. The book consists of two parts, printed in a single volume, by the Al-sharafīya publishing house in Cairo in 1909. Imām Abū al-Faḍl ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn al-Kamāl Abū Bakr Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī was born in Cairo in 1445. He memorized the Qurʼan at a young age, studied with many noted scholars, and excelled in the exegesis of the Qurʼan, hadith (sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad), jurisprudence, and Arabic. His travels took him to Hijaz, Syria, Yemen, and Morocco. He died in Cairo in 1505. He was an adherent of the Shafiʻī Madhhab school of law, on which he is considered an authority. He wrote more than 500 works on religious studies and linguistics. Among his well-known works are Al-Itqān fī ʻulūm al-Qurʼān (The perfect guide to the science of the Qurʼan), Tārīkh al-khulafā (History of the caliphs), Tafsīr al-Jalalayn (Commentary on the Qurʼan by the two Jalals, i.e., Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti and Jalal al-Din al-Mahalli), Al-Ṭibb al-nabawī (On prophetic medicine), and Durr al-manthūr (On interpretation).

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Al-Sharafīya Publishing House, Cairo


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حسن المحاضرة في أخبار مصر و القاهرة

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2 volumes in 1 book ; 24 centimeters

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