Al-Fath ibn Khaqan (al-Andalus)

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Abu Nasr al-Fath ibn Muhammad ibn Ubayd Allah ibn Khaqan ibn Abdallah al-Qaysi al-Ishbili[1] (died 1134), usually simply known as al-Fath ibn Khaqan, was a well-known writer from al-Andalus. He is the author of "Qalaid al-Iqyan"[2]("Necklace of Rubies") a biography of Andalusian poets who were his contemporaries with examples of their poems. His other best-known work is Mathmah al-Anfus wa Masrah at-Ta'annus fi-Mulah Ahl al-Andalus (مطمح الأنفس ومسرح التأنس في ملح أهل الأندلس) ("The Aspiration of the Souls and the Theater of Congeniality in the Anecdotes of the People of al-Andalus"). The works are written in rhymed prose full of metaphorical expressions and are an excellent source of information about the apogee of Andalusian letters.

The life of Ibn Khaqan is described in Al-Ṣafadī's al-wafi fi-l-wafiyat.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "al-Qaysi" refers to the Banu Qays tribe; "al-Ishbili" means "from Seville"
  2. ^ edited by Muhammad al-Tahir Ibn Ashur, 1990, ISBN 978-9973-12-145-5

Sources[edit]

  • Ibn Khallikan's Biographical dictionary, 1843, p. 456

External links[edit]

  • Literary Excerpts on Art and Architecture in Andalusia, compiled and translated by Cynthia Robinson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton [1]