Edited by Ramazan Şeşen,
Introduced by Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu,
İstanbul, 2004 (in Arabic),
One of the main fields of activity of IRCICA is the publication of studies on valuable historical manuscripts. This book is one such publication. The author Qiwamuddin al-Fath b. Ali al-Bundari al-Isfahani (d. 643/1245) was a historian and a scribe of the imperial council during the Ayyubid period. His work titled Sana’l-Bark al-Shami produced in 622/1225, is the abridgement of al-Bark al-Shami written by Imaduddin al-Katib al-Isfahani (d. 597/1201) which relates the historical events of Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi’s reign. al-Bundari’s abridgement titled Sana’l-Bark al-Shami was not known until Prof. Dr. Ramazan Şeşen, Head of the Manuscripts Division of IRCICA, found a copy of its first volume (562-583) in 1967, among the manuscripts in the Esad Efendi Collection at the Süleymaniye Library during his doctoral research. He prepared this copy for publication, comparing it with the existing two volumes of al-Bark al-Shami, with quotations from related sources and documents. Ramazan Şeşen revised the published and unpublished parts of his study and prepared the p esent book with the necessary corrections and additions.