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Ibn al-Dawadari was born in Cairo. The date of his birth and death is unknown and his background is obscure. Later in life, he moved to Damascus. He wrote several works in Arabic but few survive. He is most famous for Treasure of Pearls and the Collection of Shining Objects (Kanz al-durar wa-jāmiʿ al-ghurar ) which is an an abridgment in nine parts of a longer universal history entitled Durar al-tījān. An autograph manuscript of the Kanz is known. Ibn al-Dawādārī claims to have worked on the final draft between 1331 and 1335 CE. The last recorded event in his histories is from 1335 CE (wikipedia citing mostly the Encyclopedia of Islam).