ANDALUSIAN MAQ � M � T The Andalusians were, understandably, impressed by the maqdmdt of al-Badi' al-Hamadhani and of his successor al-Hariri and it was natural that their achievements inspired admiration and imitation, both of a general kind and in particular in the writing of nzaqanzdt. Hamadhani's naaqdmdt and epistles were widely diffused in al- Andalus by the time of the muluk al-tawä'if, when many literary men began to compose in this genre. The first of these was Ibn Sharaf al-Qairawani, who, as Ibn Bassam puts it, wrote maqdmdt in which he challenged al-Badi' on his own ground. Ibn Bassam quotes passages from two other maqämät writers, one being Abu Hafs 'Umar b. al- Shahid, and the other Abu Muhammad b. Malik al-Qurtubi, both of whom lived in Almeria at the time of al-Mu (ta?im b. Samadih (A.H. 443-483, A.D. 1051-1091).2 So far as we can speak of the influence of al-Hamadhani and his style in al-Andalus the effect of his maqdmdt was arguably limited to a narrow circle by comparison with the influence of his epistles, which received a warm welcome from Ibn Shuhayd, who used them as the model for his prose pieces, in which he
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1974
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