Usama ibn Munqidh

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Usama ibn Munqidh (July 4, 1095 – November 17, 1188) was a medieval Muslim poet, author, faris (knight), and diplomat from the Banu Munqidh dynasty of Shaizar in northern Syria.


  • Verily, the soul is content when that which it desires is learned, and becomes importunate in its pursuit when it is spurned.
    • The Book of the Staff, translated by Paul M. Cobb (Penguin: 2008), p. 245

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