There is an oppurtunity to download the whole Wafayat al A’ayan (Biographical Dictionary) by the emminent Muslim scholar of the 13th century Ibn Khallikan. It is referenced extensively in many Islamic works and is a detailed history of Islamic scholars, poets, warriors, statesman, traveler’s and so on that came after the early Muslim generations.  The translaion of it was done in the early part of the19th century by Orientalist Mac Guckin De Slane and is said to be pretty good despite his bias. 

http://books.google.com/books?id=yuItAAAAIAAJ&pg=PR13&dq=mac+guckin+de+slane+ibn+khallikan+wafayat#PPR23,M1

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