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Rashid al-Din Hamadani
Rashid al-Din Hamadani (1247-1318) was a Persian historian who wrote the "Compendium of Chronicles" at the request of Sultan Ghazan of the Ilkhanate. His work is considered to be the most important from the time.

Biography

Rashid al-Din was born in Hamadan in present-day Iran to a family of Jewish Persians, but by his thirties he had converted to Sunni Islam and become a historian under the Ilkhanate of the Mongol Empire. Khan Ghazan appointed him as his grand vizier, and he wrote the world history publication "Compendium of Chronicles" at the start of the 14th century, with 400 volumes. From 1304 to 1316 he served as vizier under Ghazan's successor Oljeitu, but in 1318 he was accused by Abu Sa'id Bahadur Khan of poisoninbg Oljeitu and was executed.