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.


  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


  • 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