Abu ’l-ʿAbbās (or Abū Dj̲aʿfar) Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Hurayra al-ʿUtbī (or al-Kaysī) (Arabic: أحمد بن عبد الله بن هريرة القيسي الأعمى التطيلي) (died 1126), nicknamed al-Aʿmā al-Tuṭīlī or the Blind Poet of Tudela, was an Andalusian Arab poet who composed in Arabic.[1] Although born in Tudela, he was raised in Seville, where he gained talent in poetry. He later lived in Murcia. He died young. He was one of the best-known strophic poets and songwriters (muwas̲h̲s̲h̲aḥ and zajal) of the Almoravid period in Al-Andalus (1091–1145) and competed with Ibn Bajjah in witty compositions at the court of Ibn Tifilwit, the Almoravid governor in Saragossa. He wrote panegyrics to both the Almoravids in al-Andalus[2] and the Banu Kasim in Alpuente (Al-Sahla)[3] and was famous for his love poems. Especially well known is the elegy he wrote on the death of his wife, whom he invokes by the name of Amina.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Stern, S. M. (1960–2005). "al-Aʿmā al-Tuṭīlī". The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition (12 vols.). Leiden: E. J. Brill. al-Aʿmā means "the blind" and al-Tuṭīlī "the Tudelan".
  2. ^ Dar al-Tiraz: Hulwu l-majani is a panegyric on the occasion of the accession of Ali ben Yusuf b. Tashufin to the office of Amir al-Muslimin (Samuel Miklos Stern, Hispano-Arabic strophic poetry:studies, Clarendon Press, 1974, p. 100)
  3. ^ Emilio Garcia Gómez, In praise of boys: Moorish poems from al-Andalus, 1975, p.25

BibliographyEdit

  • Al-A'ma at-Tutili, Diwan, ed. Ihsan Abbas (Beirut, 1963)
  • E. Garzia Gomez, las jarchas romances de la serie árabe en su marco (Madrid 1965)
  • Nykl p. 254-6
  • al-Acma al-Tutili, [El ciego de Tudela]: Las moaxajas. Traducción y prólogo: M. Nuin Monreal, W. S. Alkhalifa, 2001