Ibn Nubata

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Ibn Nubata
BornApril 1287
DiedOctober 1366
Other namesIbn al-Nabatah Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Farqī al-Maṣrī
Academic background
Academic work
Main interestsArabic poetry

Ibn Nubāta (ابن نباتة); (April 1287 – October 13, 1366) – full name, Ǧamāl ad-Dīn / Šihāb ad-Dīn Muḥammad b. Muḥammad b. Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-Judhāmī al-Fāriqī al-Ḥuḏāqī al-Miṣrī (جمال الدين / شهاب الدين محمد بن محمد بن محمد بن الحسن الجذامي الفارقي الحذاقي المصري) – was an Arab poet of the Mamluk era. Best known for his poetry, he also wrote prose. His works are largely not, or not critically, edited to this day, but in 2018 Thomas Bauer was reported to be completing an edition of his al-Qaṭr an-Nubātī ('Ibn Nubātah's Sweet Drops').[1]:41 n. 92 Research on Ibn Nubata's work is still in its infancy.

Ibn Nubata was the son of a Ḥadīth scholar and from early youth his interest in poetry emerged in short poems he wrote. Born in Fusṭāṭ, in 1316 he left Cairo for Damascus and lived there until 1360, taking short stays in Hama and Aleppo. However, the Sultan An-Nasir al-Hasan ordered his return to Cairo. Ibn Nubata died on October 13, 1366 (7 Safar 768 H), and is buried in the Qalawun cemetery of Al-Mansur Qalawun.

Ibn Nubāta was a seminal writer in the development of the epigrammatic poetic form known as maqṭūʿ: al-Qaṭr an-Nubātī is thought to be the first sole-authored collection of poems in this genre.[1]:40–42

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  1. ^ a b Adam Talib, How Do You Say “Epigram” in Arabic? Literary History at the Limits of Comparison, Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures, 40 (Leiden: Brill, 2018); ISBN 978-90-04-34996-4.

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas Bauer: Communication and Emotion. The case of Ibn Nubātah's "Kindertotenlieder". In: Mamlūk Studies Review . 7, 2003, pp. 49–95. (online, PDF, 34.69 MB)
  • Thomas Bauer, “Dignity at Stake: mujūn epigrams by Ibn Nubāta (686–768/1287–1366) and his contemporaries” in The Rude, the Bad and the Bawdy. Essays in Honour of Professor Geert Jan van Gelder, ed. Adam Talib, Marlé Hammond, and Arie Schippers (Cambridge: Gibb Memorial Trust, 2014).
  • Thomas Bauer: Ibn Nubātah al-Misrī (686–768 / 1287–1366). Life and Works . Part I: The Life of Ibn Nubatah . In: Mamlūk Studies Review January 12, 2008, pp. 1–35. (online, PDF, 1.22 MB)
  • Thomas Bauer: Ibn Nubatah al-Misri (686–768 / 1287–1366). Life and Works . Part II: The Divan of Ibn Nubatah . In: Mamlūk Studies Review February 12, 2008.
  • Carl Brockelmann: History of Arabic Literature . Brill, Leiden 1996, ISBN 90-04-10407-0, I, p. 11f, II, p. 4.