The historical work by the polymath and encyclopaedist from the golden age of Coptic Arabic literature, of which Dr. Samuel Moawad (Munster) is preparing an edition, represents in fact a collection of three treatises artificially divided into 51 sequential chapters. The chronological core is preceded by a long treatise of 47 chapters on astronomical and ecclesiastical reckoning and the historical eras and calendars of different nations. The historical part itself (ch. 48-50), of which the so-called Chronicon orientale is but a reworking, deals successively with universal history, Islamic dynasties and the Coptic Patriarchs. A survey of the first seven/eight Church Councils (ch. 51) ends the entire compilation. The well known historian al-Makīn Ibn al-'Amīd makes large use of his contemporary's work and, apparently through him, the great Muslim historians Ibn Khaldūn, Maqrīzī and Qalqashandī made constant mention of Ibn al-Rāhib. Later in the sixteenth century the K. al-Tawārīkh was translated into Ethiopian and had a significant impact on the historical and computational literature of the Ethiopians.
|Number of pages||30|
|Journal||Collectanea Christiana Orientalia|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- Christian arabic
- Coptic arabic
- Cultural interchanges
- Middle ages