• Born in Al Mousel, Iraq, 1918
  • Graduated from Education School in 1937
  • Joined Higher School of Education
  • Taught in Basra’s high schools
  • Did his BA in history with merit and received Jalal Sadiq  Award of the First Graduate from Cairo University
  • Studied for four years at Oxford University
  • Lecturer at College of Arts and Science, Baghdad, 1949
  • Assistant Professor, 1951, and Professor, 1955
  • Associate Researcher, Harvard University, 1956-1957
  • Dean of Baghdad University’s Islamic Studies Institute
  • Chairman of Arabic Scientific Heritage Renewal Institution, 1964-1968
  • Member of Iraqi Scientific Foundation, 1963-1978
  • Chairman of Iraqi Scientific Foundation, 1978-1996
  • Honorary member of Iraqi Scientific Foundation, 1997
  • Honorary member of Jordan’s Arabic Language Foundation
  • Honorary member of Iraqi Association of Philosophy
  • Honorary member of UNESCO World History Association, France, 1980-1989
  • Honorary member of Iraq Writers’ Union
  • Assistant member of Arabic Language Foundation in Damascus
  • Assistant member of Arabic Language Foundation in Cairo
  • Correspondent member of India Scientific Foundation
  • Member of Royal Foundation of Islamic Culture Foundation
  • Member of India Archaeology Foundation
  • Member of Higher Advisory Commission of Iraq Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry, 1986-1989
  • Elected member of Baghdad University Board
  • Participated in many national, Arab and international events about history, especially Arabic culture and history

Decision of the General Secretariat   

Dr Al Ali has contributed to establishing a new Arab school dealing with the comprehension of Islamic History. His style in criticism could be felt in some of his books, such as The State during the era of the Prophet PBUHBaghdad, the City of Peace, and Studies of Arab Management and Sciences.

Recognitions

  • General Secretariat of the King Faisal International Award
  • Arabic Scientific Heritage Renewal Institution
  • Iraq Writers Union
  • Iraqi Association of Philosophy
  • Arab Historian Federation

Awards

  • Jalal Sadiq Award, Cairo, 1945
  • King Faisal International Award, Al Riyadh, 1989
  • UNESCO Aristotle Medal
  • Elwa Mazel Medal, Hungary
  • Arabic Historian Golden Medal from Arabic Historian Federation

Famous Works

  • Social and Economic Systems in Al Basra of 1stHijri Century
  • Lectures on Arabic History
  • Arabs in the Middle Ages
  • Population of Iraq in the Early Islamic Age
  • Ahwaz in the Early Islamic Age
  • Development of Intellectualism in the First Islamic Age
  • Baghdad, the City of Peace
  • Maps of Al Basra Region
  • The State during the Era of the Prophet (PBUH)
  • Architectural and Managerial Aspects of Baghdad
  • Architecture and Geography of Iraq
  • Arab Sciences
  • Management in the Early Islamic Age
  • Hijaz in the First Islamic Age

Translations

  • The Byzantine City and Crusades
  • Ahmad Bin Touloun
  • The Young Turkey
  • Moslem Historians
  • Baghdad
  • General trends of Historic Research
  • Baghdad in the Early Abbasid Era
  • Baghdad in 5thHijri Century
  • Baghdad Suburbs
  • The Middle Euphrates