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al-Makin (1205-1273 CE) was a Coptic Christian, born in Cairo, who wrote in Arabic. He also lived in Damascus where he worked as a military scribe and later retired and died. His sole surviving work is entitled al-Majmu` al-Mubarak (The blessed collection), written between 1262 and 1268 CE. The first portion runs from Adam down to the 11th year of Heraclius (~621 CE). The second half is a history of the Saracens (tribes of Arabia), which extends from the time of Muhammad to the accession of the Mameluke Sultan Baybars in 1260 CE.