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The Laments of the Philosophers over Alexander the Great according to The Blessed Compendium of al-Makīn ibn al-ʿAmīd

The thirteenth-century Christian Arabic historian Ǧirǧis al-Makīn ibn al-ʿAmīd—the author of the two-volume universal history entitled The Blessed Compendium (al-Maǧmūʿ al-mubārak)—was a rather paradoxical figure. Frequently defined as “a Coptic historian”, he was not a Copt, and even though his Blessed Compendium is well known not only in Eastern Christian and Muslim historiography, but also in Western scholarship since its inception, the first part of this historical work still remains unpublished. This first part, however, contains vast material that would undoubtedly interest scholars studying the intellectual heritage of the medieval Middle East. The following article deals with one section of al-Makīn’s famous work.