ORIENTAL «TOPOI» IN ANDALUSIAN HISTORICAL SOURCES PAR EDUARDO MANZANO-MORENO NE OF THE highlights of the Andalusian adab during the O Umayyad period, Ibn 'Abd Rabbihi's (246 H.-328 H./860- 940 A.D.) ':Iqd al-Farïd, met a good deal of criticism in the East. This is our own stock they are sending back to us, the Buyid wazir, Abu I-Qasim Isma`il b. 'Abbdd, is reported to have said after reading it' . This caustic statement might reflect a perception of Muslim culture in the Iberian Peninsula as a mere imitation of Oriental models, at least at its earliest stage. However arrogant it may seem, such a view should be taken seriously. After all, what came to be known as al-Andalus was partly the result of the process of transmis- sion of suprastructural elements which had originally sprung from the East. Broadly speaking, it seems clear that the components of this «ideological transference» were essential in the definition of a society whose ruling elites sought their legitimacy in a frame of reference which was unmistakebly «Oriental». The aim of this paper is to show that this process of transference not only involved apparent elements, such as language, religion or cultural tradition, but
Arabica – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1992
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