Al-Maqrizi was born around 1364 CE in Cairo, spent most of his life in Egypt, and died in 1442 CE
(Rabbat, 2003:6, 18). He worked at
clerical and administrative jobs in government and, at one time, was an inspector of the markets of Cairo and northern Egypt
(wikipedia). He later gave all that up to become a preacher and later president of a Mosque. In 1408 CE, he moved to Damascus but finally retired to
Cairo. In 1430 CE, he traveled for 5 years. His literary works exceed 200 and are focused on Egypt (wikipedia).