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ʿAbbāsa bt. al-Mahdī

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Author(s): Hamori, Andras P.
ʿAbbāsa bt. al-Mahdī was the half-sister of Hārūn al-Rashīd (Ibn Qutayba, Maʿārif, ed. Tharwat ʿUkāsha, Cairo 1960, 380; Ibn ʿAbd Rabbihi, al-ʿIqd al-farīd, ed. Aḥmad Amīn, Aḥmad al-Zayn, and Ibrāhīm al-Ibyārī, Cairo 1965, 5:115). Beginning with the history of al-Ṭabarī (d. 310/923), her name is linked in chronicles and adab to that of the minister Jaʿfar al-Barmakī, in a story told to explain his and his family’s ruin. Hārūn, it is said, loved the company of both ʿAbbāsa and Jaʿfar, and in order that Jaʿfar might join her at the caliphal plea…
Date: 2019-11-11

Anthologies, Arabic literature (pre-Mongol period)

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Author(s): Hamori, Andras P.
Anthologies in Arabic literature are held to begin with the celebrated collection of pre-Islamic  qaṣīdas, the  Muʿallaqāt. Countless other poetry anthologies followed. As the genre developed, it came to include anthologies organised on themes such as valour, various sorts of curiosities, laments, and a wide range of other subjects. The  adab anthology, epitomised by Ibn Qutayba's  ʿUyūn al-Akbār, illustrated an array of topics with anecdotes, as well as carefully chosen poetry,  rasāʾil, and examples of eloquent speech. The fifth/eleventh century, with the ascen…
Date: 2019-11-11

Ibn ʿAbd Rabbih

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Author(s): Hamori, Andras P.
Abū ʿUmar Aḥmad b. Muḥammad Ibn ʿAbd Rabbih (246–328/860–940), poet and man of letters, a pioneer in the Arabic literature of al-Andalus, is best known for his encyclopedic work al-ʿIqd, “The necklace” (or al-ʿIqd al-farīd, “The unique necklace,” as it came to be known). He was born in Córdoba on 10 Ramaḍān 246/29 November 860 and died there on 18 Jumādā I 328/3 March 940. In the ʿIqd he sets out to record, from all domains of Arab-Islamic general culture, traditions, ranging from pithy sayings to narratives a few pages long, “the noblest in sense and the most …
Date: 2019-11-11