Ahmad ibn Abu Ya'qub ibn Ja'far al-Ya'qubi
Title Ya'qubi
Died AH 284 (AD 897-898)[1][2]
Era Islamic golden age
Religion Islam
Main interest(s) History and geography
Notable work(s) Ta'rikh ibn Wadih and Kitab al-Buldan

Ahmad ibn Abu Ya'qub ibn Ja'far ibn Wahb Ibn Wadih al-Ya'qubi (died 897/8), known as Ahmad al-Ya'qubi, or Ya'qubi (Arabic: اليعقوبي), was a Muslim geographer[3] and perhaps the first historian of world culture in the Abbasid Caliphate.[4]


He was a great-grandson of Wadih, the freedman of the caliph Al-Mansur. Until 873 he lived in Armenia and Khorasan, working under the patronage of the Iranian dynasty of the Tahirids; then he traveled to India, Egypt and the Maghreb,[5] and died in Egypt. He died in AH 284 (897/8).[2]

His Shia sympathies are found throughout his works.[6]

In 872, he lists the kingdoms of Bilad el-Sudan, including Ghana, Gao, and Kanem.[7]


  • Ta'rikh ibn Wadih (Chronicle of Ibn Wadih)
  • Kitab al-Buldan (Book of the Countries) - biology, contains a description of the Maghreb, with a full account of the larger cities and much topographical and political information (ed. M. de Goeje, Leiden, 1892).[5]
  • Ya'qubi (1861). A. W. T. Juynboll, ed. Kitab al-Buldan (in Arabic). BRILL. 
    • Alt: Ya'qubi (1861). A. W. T. Juynboll, ed. Kitab al-Buldan (in Arabic). BRILL. 

See also


  1. Muhammad's successor
  2. 1 2 Ya'qubi at Encyclopædia Britannica
  3. Thatcher 1911.
  4. Daly, Okasha El (2005). Egyptology : the missing millennium : ancient Egypt in medieval Arabic writings. London: UCL. p. 166. ISBN 1844720632.
  5. 1 2  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Thatcher, Griffithes Wheeler (1911). "Ya'qūbī". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 904.
  6. Ya'qubi
  7. Levtzion, Nehemia (1973). Ancient Ghana and Mali. New York: Methuen & Co Ltd. p. 3. ISBN 0841904316.
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