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Title: Cultural life in al-Andalus in the fourteenth century : a study of Ibn Layūn, with a critical edition of his Bughyat al-Mu’ānis
Author: Al-Nagrat, Ali M. A.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis is divided into two parts: an English part in one volume and an Arabic part in two volumes. The first part consists of six chapters. The first chapter deals with the political life and social context of al-Andalus in the 8th/14th century. The second concentrates on the intellectual life of al-Andalus; in this chapter the most important intellectual and cultural activities that flourished during the 8th/14th century are discussed in some detail and examples from each of these cultural activities are given. Chapter 3 draws on primary sources to review the development of poetry and prose in the 8th/14th century. The fourth chapter discusses the four main source materials used in this thesis and goes on to cover the life of Ibn Layūn in some detail, including his education. The eastern influences on his education are also discussed. His important students such as Ibn al-Khatīb, Ibn Khātima and al-Hadramī are also mentioned in this chapter, which again relies on important primary sources written by Ibn Layūn, his students and his contemporaries. In chapter 5 Ibn Layūn’s works (those which are extant as well as those which have not survived) are discussed in greater detail, along with his unrivalled ability to summarise other important works. After looking at some factors which influenced his writings, this chapter examines his rajaz and, in particular, existing manuscripts of two of Ibn Layūn’s urjuza: al-Iksīr  and al-Ibdā’al-Malāha wa-Inhā’al-Rajāha fī Usūl Sinā ‘at al-Filāhā. Comments are made especially on the edition of the second of these urjūza. The final chapter in this part is a critical study of the text and discusses in more detail its contents, sources and the methods used by the author. The book is compared to other works such as al-‘Iqd al-Farīd, ‘Uyūn al-Akhbār and al-Tamthīl wa-al-Muhādara. The method of editing is also explained. A detailed critical description of the manuscripts is also given in this chapter. The second part of this thesis comprises an edited version of Ibn Layūn’s important anthology Bughyat al-Muā’nis relying on four important manuscripts, one of which goes back to the time of the author, together with a footnoted commentary on the Burghya and other relevant material on variant readings. Included also in the second part are indices, an appendix and bibliography for the edited text. The indices cover Quranic verses, hadīths, proverbs and sayings of wisdom, poetic verses in accordance to their rhymes, poetic hemistiches, names of persons, names of tribes and clans, names of towns, cities and other places. They also cover titles of works mentioned by Ibn Layūn and titles of sources and references used in verifying Ibn Layūn’s work.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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