Isaac, the son of Abraham


Biblical patriarch


  • Arabic: إسحاق بن ابراهيم النبي = Isḥāq b. Ibrāhīm al-Nabī 1
  • Arabic: اسحق = Isḥaq 2
  • Hebrew: יצחק = YṢḤQ 3
  • Latin: Ysaac 4
  • Persian: اسحاق = Isḥāq 5
  • Syriac: ܐܝܣܚܩ = ʾYSḤQ 6


  • Male

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Event DescriptionDate
Event mentioned by Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī.1 before c. 1225c.1225877 A.H. / 14721995
Event mentioned by Nuʿaym b. Ḥammād.2 before 843 CEc. 820-843 CE687 A.H. / 1288-9 CE1993
Events mentioned by Benjamin of Tudela3 before c.1170c.117313th C1907
Events mentioned by Burchard of Mount Sion4 c.1280c.128414th C1864
Events mentioned by Nāṣir-i Khusraw5 c. 1050circa 106510th C Hijrī/16th C CE2001
Events mentioned by Michael the Syrian6 before 11991195-1199?15982009


  • 1Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī, Muʿjam al-buldān (Beirut: Dār Ṣādr, 1995), (2) 212 [Arabic].
  • 2Nuʿaym b. Ḥammād, Kitāb al-Fitan, edited by Suhayl Zakkār (Beirut: Dār al-Fikr, 1993), 275 [Arabic].
    • Isaac: Nuʿaym b. Ḥammād, The Book of Tribulations: The Syrian Muslim Apocalyptic Tradition, translated by David Cook (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 266 [English].
  • 3Isaac: Marcus N. Adler, ed., The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela (London: Frowde, 1907), 33, 41 [Hebrew with English translation].
  • 4Ysaac: Burchard of Mount Sion, Descriptio Terrae Sanctae, in J. C. M. Laurent, ed., Peregrinatores Medii Aevi Quatuor (Leipzig: C. P. Melzeri, 1864), IX 23. [Latin].
  • 5Isaac: Nāṣir-i Khusraw, Nasir-i Khusraw's Book of Travels, ed. Wheeler M. Thackston (Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mazda, 2001), 45 [Persian with English translation].
  • 6Gregorios Yuhanna Ibrahim, ed., The Edessa-Aleppo Syriac Codex of the Chronicle of Michael the Great (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2009), 17 [Syriac].
    • Isaac: J.-B. Chabot, trans., Chronique de Michel le Syrien (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1901), I, 30, 31, 34-36 [French].

How to Cite This Entry

Thomas A. Carlson, et al., “Isaac, the son of Abraham” in Thomas A. Carlson, ed. Historical Index of the Medieval Middle East, last modified September 16, 2021,

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  • Thomas A. Carlson: Data merging and XML; abstract; gender assignment, matching, and transliteration from Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī’s Muʿjam al-Buldān; Hebrew transliteration from Benjamin of Tudela's travelogue; matching from Laurent's Peregrinatores medii aevi quattuor; matching from Nāṣir-i Khusraw's travelogue; and matching, Syriac collection and transliteration from Michael's chronicle
  • Jessica Mutter: matching, Arabic name collection and transcription from Nuʿaym Ibn Ḥammād’s Kitāb al-Fitan and matching from Michael's chronicle
  • Liran Yadgar: matching, Hebrew collection from Benjamin of Tudela's travelogue
  • Margaret Gaida: matching from Laurent's Peregrinatores medii aevi quattuor
  • Mary Papadopoulos: matching, Persian collection and transliteration from Nāṣir-i Khusraw's travelogue
  • McKenzie Cady: categorization from Michael's chronicle
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