Who is Ibn Arabshah?June 25, 2021
Ibn Arabshah (real name Ahmet Bin Muhammet ed-Dimashki) (b. 1389, Damascus – d. 1450, Cairo), Arab scholar and poet.
Ibn Arabshah, who moved to Samarkand with his family after Timur’s capture of Damascus (1400), received a solid education and learned Turkish, Persian and Mongolian. He took lessons from Seyit Şerif Muhammet ül-Cürcani and went on a long trip to Turkistan (1408) in order to increase his knowledge. He traveled to the palace, Astrakhan, Crimea, the Black Sea coasts, went to Edirne, entered the palace of Çelebi Mehmet (1412) and translated many works into Turkish. He took part in the Divan Humayun, and when Çelebi Mehmet died (1421) he returned to Damascus and retired to seclusion in Masjid al-Kasab (he wrote most of his works at that time). Mevlana Abu Abdullah was attached to Muhammet Bin Muhammed al-Bukhari (1428-1438), and when Buhari died (1438) he settled in Cairo and was protected by Sultan al-Malik al-Cakmak. Even though he was arrested and released five days later when the complaints against Çakmak increased due to his vilification of those around him, he died twelve days later.
Source: Atatürk University Department of Sociology Lecture Notes for Grade 1 “Introduction to Philosophy” and Grade 3 “History of Contemporary Philosophy” (Ömer YILDIRIM)