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A History of Early Al-Andalus

The Akhbar Majmu'a, 1st Edition

By David James


192 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The Akhbār majmū‘a, or 'Collected Accounts', deal with the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula in 711 and subsequent events in al-Andalus, down to and including the reign of ‘Abd al-Rahmān III (912-961), founder of the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus . No Arabic text dealing with the early history of al-Andalus has aroused more controversy, and its contents and origin have occupied the attention of leading scholars of Islamic Spain since its publication in 1867.

This book gives the first complete English translation of this key contemporary text, together with notes, comments, appendices and maps. It is introduced by a survey of scholarly opinion on the text from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century in which all the - often heated - arguments around the text are explained. The translator concludes his introduction with an in-depth examination of the manuscript containing the only surviving copy of the text and presents some interesting new evidence provided by scribe which has gone unnoticed until now. Providing new insights into this significant Arabic text, this book will be of great interest to scholars of the history of Spain and Portugal, Islamic history, and Mediaeval European history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Akhbār majmū‘a: Study and Speculation. Translation: The Akhbār majmū‘a. ‘Collected Accounts’ of the years 86-350/705-961 1. The Conquest and the Rule of the Governors of Damascus 2. The Civil Wars 3. The Annals of ‘Abd al-Rahmān I 4. Scenes from the Lives of the Umayyad Emirs 5. The Caliph of al-Andalus Appendix i: Introductory Words, Phases and Headings given in Coloured Thulth and their Location in Lafuente y Alcántara (1867), Arabic text, page number and line. Appendix ii: The Governors (wālin pl. wulāh) of al-Andalus. Appendix iii: Mā’idat Sulaymān, the ‘Table of Solomon’: What was it?

About the Author

David James was Special Lecturer in Arabic Studies at University College Dublin, where he taught a course on Islamic Spain. He is the author of Early Islamic Spain, The History of Ibn al-Qutiya and several books on the art of the Islamic manuscript.

About the Series

Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

This series studies the Middle East through the twin foci of its diverse cultures and civilizations. Comprising original monographs as well as scholarly surveys, it covers topics in the fields of Middle Eastern literature, archaeology, law, history, philosophy, science, folklore, art, architecture and language. While there is a plurality of views, the series presents serious scholarship in a lucid and stimulating fashion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies