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This article presents a preliminary scholarly endeavour that aims at introducing Sumnūn Ibn Ḥamza (d. 298/910-911) to researchers working both on classical Arabic poetry and on Ṣūfism. He was a prominent personality whose passionate poetry and ecstatic statements revolved around the theology of...
Different societies have various definitions and names for their units of residence, such as “cities” or “villages”. This article examines the categories people had for settlements in Palestine from the seventh to the thirteenth century. A rich corpus of textual sources is used, comprising...
Around the year 1000, Muslim physician Abū al-Qāsim Khalaf ibn al-ʿAbbās al-Zahrāwī composed a voluminous medical encyclopedia, Al-Taṣrīf li-man ʿajiza ʿan al-tāʾlīf, the thirtieth treatise (Al-Maqāla al-thalāthūn) of which was subsequently translated into many languages, for embodying a...
Ibn Ḥibbān was a prominent scholar and critic of Ḥadīth. He seems to have collected Ḥadīth in his hometown of Bust in AH 270–300/881–911. He then travelled and made several journeys between Tashkent and Alexandria for about 40 years before returning to his native Sijistan in 340/951. By focusing...
Historical evidence pertinent for the study of Mediterranean regions of Africa comes in texts written in a number of languages (Arabic, Latin and vernacular) and uses categories such as Maghrib and Barbaria but in very distinct ways. In the past, historians have addressed this question by trying...
This article addresses the long-standing problem of the authenticity of Saint Bernard’s “Letter 308”, purportedly sent by the Abbot of Clairvaux to King Afonso Henriques of Portugal in response to his request for Bernard’s aid in recruiting northern European crusaders for an attack on...
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