Ibn Nubata

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Ibn Nubata
BornApril 1287
DiedOctober 1366
Other namesIbn al-Nabatah Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Farqī al-Maṣrī
Academic work
Main interestsArabic poetry

Ibn Nubāta (ابن نباتة); (April 1287 – October 13, 1366) – full name, Ǧamāl ad-Dīn / Šihāb ad-Dīn Muḥammad b. Muḥammad b. Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-Fāriqī al-Ḥuḏāqī al-Miṣrī (جمال الدين / شهاب الدين محمد بن محمد بن محمد بن الحسن نباتة الفارقي الحذاقي المصري) – was an Arab poet of the Mamluk era. Best known for his poetry, he also wrote prose. His works are largely not, or not critically, edited to this day. The research on Ibn Nubata's work is still in its infancy.

Ibn Nubata was the son of a Ḥadīth scholar and from early youth his interest in poetry emerged in short poems he wrote. In 1316 he left Cairo for Damascus and lived there until 1360, taking short stays in Hama and Aleppo. However the Sultan An-Nasir al-Hasan ordered his return to Cairo. Ibn Nubata died on October 13, 1366 (7 Safar 768 H), and is buried in the Qalawun cemetery of Al-Mansur Qalawun.

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  • Thomas Bauer: Communication and Emotion. The case of Ibn Nubātah's "Kindertotenlieder". In: Mamlūk Studies Review . 7, 2003, pp. 49–95. (online, PDF, 34.69 MB)
  • Thomas Bauer: Ibn Nubātah al-Misrī (686–768 / 1287–1366). Life and Works . Part I: The Life of Ibn Nubatah . In: Mamlūk Studies Review January 12, 2008, pp. 1–35. (online, PDF, 1.22 MB)
  • Thomas Bauer: Ibn Nubatah al-Misri (686–768 / 1287–1366). Life and Works . Part II: The Divan of Ibn Nubatah . In: Mamlūk Studies Review February 12, 2008.
  • Carl Brockelmann: History of Arabic Literature . Brill, Leiden 1996, ISBN 90-04-10407-0, I, p. 11f, II, p. 4.