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In Praise of Song: The Making of Courtly Culture in al-Andalus and Provence, 1005-1134 A.D.
     

In Praise of Song: The Making of Courtly Culture in al-Andalus and Provence, 1005-1134 A.D.

by Cynthia Robinson
 

This volume offers a reconstruction of the court culture of the taifa kings of al-Andalus (11th century A.D.), using both visual and textual evidence. A focus of particular attention is the court of the Banū Hūd at Zaragoza, and that dynasty's palace, the Aljafería. Principle written sources are not histories and chronicles, but the untranslated

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This volume offers a reconstruction of the court culture of the taifa kings of al-Andalus (11th century A.D.), using both visual and textual evidence. A focus of particular attention is the court of the Banū Hūd at Zaragoza, and that dynasty's palace, the Aljafería. Principle written sources are not histories and chronicles, but the untranslated poetic anthologies of al-ḥimyarī and al-Fatḥ ibn Khāqān.
The first part of the book addresses taifa visual and literary languages, with especial emphasis on connections between the literary and visual aspects of taifa aesthetics. The sections on the Aljafería's ornamental program will be of particular interest, not only to historians of Islamic art, but to students of all visual traditions with strong non-figural components.
In addition, Part One also proposes that taifa court culture has been considered as a culture of "courtly love," and this argument also forms the point of departure for Part Two. The second part of the study uses luxury objects of Islamic and Limousine production as a point of departure for a detailed comparison of the thematics of taifa poetry in classical Arabic on the themes of courtly love and pleasures with those of the better-known Provençal tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004124530
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/26/2002
Series:
Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World Series , #15
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Robinson, Ph.D. (1995) in Art History, University of Pennsylvania, is Assistant Professor of Islamic and Medieval Art at the University of New Mexico. She has published on Andalusī art and literature, and together with Oleg Grabar, Islamic Art and Literature (Markus Wiener Press, 2001).

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