Hadith Bayad wa Riyad

Hadith Bayāḍ wa Riyāḍ (Arabic: حديث بياض ورياض, "The Story of Bayad and Riyad") is a 13th-century Arabic love story. The main characters of the tale: Bayad, a merchant's son and a foreigner from Damascus, Riyad, a well-educated slave girl in the court of an unnamed Hajib (vizier or minister) of 'Iraq (Mesopotamia), and a "Lady" (al-sayyida).[1]

Hadith Bayad wa Riyad, Arabic manuscript for Qissat Bayad wa Reyad tale (late 12th century)

The Hadith Bayad wa Riyad manuscript is one of three surviving illustrated manuscripts from medieval al-Andalus (in modern Spain and Portugal).[2] Many non-illustrated Andalusi books do survive, so illustrated manuscripts may have been rare. The manuscript is in the Vatican Library, where it is catalogued as Codex Vat. Arabo 368.


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Further readingEdit

  • Alois R. Nykl. Historia de los amores de Bayad wa Riyad: Una chantefable oriental en estilo persa (Vat. Ar. 368). New York: Hispanic Society of America, 1941.
  • Arianna D'Ottone, Il manoscritto Vaticano arabo 368: Hadith Bayad wa Riyad. Il codice, il testo, le immagini: alcune note, «Rivista di Storia della Miniatura» 14 (2010): 55-70
  • La storia di Bayad e Riyad (Vat.ar. 368). Una nuova edizione e traduzione, ed. and trans. Arianna D'Ottone. Città del Vaticano, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2013 (Studi e Testi 479). ISBN 978-88-210-0908-2.
  • The Story of Bayad and Riyad - Qissat Bayad wa Riyad Archived 2017-11-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  • Cynthia Robinson, Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture in the Mediterranean: Hadith Bayad Wa Riyad. New York: Routledge, 2007. ISBN 978-0415595926.


  1. ^ D'Ottone, Arianna. La storia di Bayad e Riyad (Vat.ar. 368). Una nuova edizione e traduzione. Città del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. ISBN 978-88-210-0908-2.
  2. ^ Sabiha Khemir (1992). Dodds, Jerrilynn D. (ed.). Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 122. ISBN 0870996371.

External linksEdit

  • Al-Andalus: the art of Islamic Spain, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Hadith Bayad wa Riyad (see index)