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Ibn al-Abbār

(849 words)

Author(s): Al-Jallad, Nader
Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Abī Bakr al-Qaḍāʿī al-Balansī Date of Birth: 1199 Place of Birth: Valencia Date of Death: 1260 Place of Death: Bougie Biography Ibn al-Abbār was probably the most famous Andalusian man of letters to come from Valencia during the Middle Ages. He was a poet, historian, critic, linguist, biographer, diplomat, theologian and politician, and also a well-known Arabic calligrapher. His status as a multifaceted scholar, along with his encyclopedic knowledge, was highlighted by writers such…

Ibn al-Khaṭīb

(796 words)

Author(s): Al-Jallad, Nader
Lisān al-Dīn ibn al-Khaṭīb Muḥammad ibnʿ Abd Allāh ibn Saʿīd ibn ʿAlī ibn Aḥmad al-Salmānī Date of Birth: 1313 Place of Birth: Loja, Spain Date of Death: 1374 Place of Death: Fes, Morocco Biography Born into a wealthy and politically influential family, Ibn al-Khaṭīb was brought up in the sultan’s court. He was chiefly active in Granada during the rule of Muḥammad V (1354-59, 1362-91). Riḍwān, the chief general of the royal court, invited Ibn al-Khaṭīb to be his assistant, introducing him to the world of politics, court administ…

 Al-takmila li-Kitāb al-Ṣila

(629 words)

Author(s): Al-Jallad, Nader
‘The completion of the Continuation’ Ibn al-Abbār Date: 1253 Original Language: Arabic Description Al-takmila li-Kitāb al-Ṣila is considered one of the most valuable sources of information about al-Andalus, especially during the first century of Islamic rule. It provides biographies of at least 34 scholars not found in any other source. The book was written following the Andalusian tradition of biographical works. It is a continuation of Ibn Bashkuwāl’s Kitāb al-Ṣila (q.v.), itself a continuation of Ibn al-Faraḍī’s Taʾrīkh ʿulamāʾ al-Andalus. In fact, it can be considered …

 Al-iḥāṭa fī akhbār Gharnāṭa

(692 words)

Author(s): Al-Jallad, Nader
'The all-embracing work, on reports about Granada' Ibn al-Khaṭīb Date: 14th century, before 1374 Original Language: Arabic Description Al-iḥāṭa fī akhbār Gharnāṭa is an encyclopaedic book about Arab literature in general and Andalusian literature and history in particular. Ibn al-Khaṭīb’s objective was to provide a comprehensive view of everything concerning the city of Granada – by the time he was writing the last surviving Muslim stronghold in al-Andalus. Accordingly, the book chronicles every aspect of the city, and it describes more than 500 key figures in its history. In writi…