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Makers of the Muslim World : Ibn Hamdis the Sicilian - Eulogist for a falling Homeland
By: Granara, William

Language: English


‘Abd al-Jabbar ibn Hamdis (1055–1133) survives as the best-known figure from four centuries of Arab-Islamic civilisation on the island of Sicily. There he grew up in a society enriched by a century of cultural development but whose unity was threatened by competing warlords. After the Normans invaded, he followed many other Muslims in emigrating, first to North Africa and then to Seville, where he began his career as a court poet.

Although he achieved fame and success in his time, Ibn Hamdis was forced to bear witness to sectarian strife among the Muslims of both Sicily and Spain, and the gradual success of the Christian reconquest, including the decline of his beloved homeland. Through his verse, William Granara examines his life and times.

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By:Granara, William
Pages: 160 pp, Map
Publisher:One World Academics, London 2021
Dimensions:14 x 21 cm
Topic:Islam - Medieval History - Arab poets - Biography - Italy - Sicily

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THIS SERIES is devoted to the men and women throughout history who have made a significant contribution to the political, intellectual and religious landscape of the Muslim world. Each title combines first-rate scholarship with a strong emphasis on readability, and will serve as a perfect introduction for lay readers and academics alike.

William Granara is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

Makers of the Muslim World : Ibn Hamdis the Sicilian - Eulogist for a falling Homeland

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