An Ayyubid Notable and His World: Ibn Al-ʻAdīm and Aleppo as Portrayed in His Biographical Dictionary of People Associated with the City

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BRILL, 1994 - History - 235 pages
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This book examines the life and milieu of the thirteenth-century northern Syrian statesman and author Ibn al-'Ad?m, as reflected in his principal work, the dictionary of people associated with his native Aleppo, the "Bughyat al-?alab f? ta'r?kh ?alab," The book is an examination of the text, in particular Ibn al-'Ad?m's biographies of his contemporaries, and a discussion of topics suggested by the material. These include the influence of different groups within Aleppo, why and how the dictionary was written, and the personality of the author himself. The study adds social, literary and human dimensions to our knowledge of the place and period. It is also a lucid guide to a long neglected source, the extant Arabic text which has only recently been published in full.
  

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Contents

Selected Contemporary Notices
20
The world of the Bughyah
122
official reflections
144
The gathering of the Bughyah
151
The penning of the Bughyah
166
personal reflections
176
Conclusion
196
B Reordered list of the contents of the topographical
202
Indices
218
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About the author (1994)

David Morray, Ph.D. (1992) Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, is Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic History at University College Dublin. He has published on literary and architectural aspects of medieval northern Syria.

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