Early Islamic Spain
The History of Ibn al-Qutiyah
By David James
Routledge – 2009 – 196 pages
This book is the first published English-language translation of the significant History of Islamic Spain by Ibn al-Qutiya (d. Cordova 367 / 977). Including extensive notes and comments, a genealogical table and relevant maps, the text is preceded by a study of the author and his work, and is the only serious examination of the unique manuscript since Pascual de Gayangos’ edition in 1868.
Ibn al-Qutiya’s work is one of the significant and earliest histories of Muslim Spain and an important source for scholars. Although like most Muslims of al-Andalus in this period, Ibn al-Qutiya was of European origin, he was a loyal servant of the Iberian Umayyads, and taught Arabic, traditions (hadith) and history in the Great Mosque of Cordova. Written at the height of the Umayyad Caliphate of Muslim Spain and Portugal (al-Andalus), the History describes the first 250 years of Muslim rule in the peninsula. The text, first fully translated into Spanish in 1926, deals with all aspects of life, and includes accounts of Christians, Jews and Muslim converts.
This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of the history of Spain and Portugal, Islamic history, and Mediaeval European history.
Introduction: The History of the History Part 1: Translation: The History of Ibn al- Qutiya (d. 367 / 977) 1. Tariq ibn Ziyad invades al-Andalus 2. The Governors of the Damascus Caliphate (92 – 136 / 711 – 756) 3. The Arrival of ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Mu‘awiya and his Reign as Emir (138 – 172 / 756 – 788) 4. The Reign of the Emir Hisham ( 172 – 180 / 788 – 796) 5. The Reign of the Emir al-Hakam (180 – 206 / 796 – 822) 6. The Reign of the Emir ‘Abd al-Rahman II ( 796 – 238 / 822 – 852)ii 7. The Reign of the Emir Muhammad ( 238 – 273 / 852 – 886) 8. The Reign of the Emir al-Mundhir ( 273 – 275 / 886 – 888) 9. The Reign of the Emir ‘Abdallah (275 – 300 / 888 – 912) 10. The Reign of the Emir / Caliph ‘Abdal-Rahman III ( 300-350 / 912 – 961) Part 2: Notes and Comments Appendices
David James was Special Lecturer in Arabic Studies at University College Dublin, where he also taught a course on Islamic Spain. He is the author of Manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an from the Mamluk Era and has lived and worked in Andalucia for the last ten years.