Dr Fozia Bora of the University of Leeds takes us on journey through Ibn al-Furat’s late 1300s Egyptian book and the ‘archival’ mindset that produced historical works in the medieval Islamic wor
In late 1300s Egypt, an obscure school teacher, Ibn al-Furat, began writing a history book.
Resourceful in filling the work with letters, documents, poems and anecdotes from Arab, Persian and Latin sources, a rich treasure trove has been left to us. It would turn out to be a monumental endeavour. His own school crumbled to dust over time, but his history book survived. It seemed Arab communities valued books over buildings.
Exploring the mindset and working methods of this influential historian, lecturer and prize-winning author Dr Fozia Bora of the University of Leeds takes us on a journey through this vivid account of history, and the archival mindset that produced historical works in the medieval Islamic world.
(Presented in partnership with the University of Leeds)