A Maqāma Collection by a Mamlūk Historian: al-Maqāmāt al-Ǧalāliyya by al-Ḥasan b. Abī Muḥammad al-Ṣafadī (fl. First Quarter of the 8th/14th c.)

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This article is a description and guide to the contents of al-Maqāmāt al-Ǧalāliyya by al-Ḥasan b. Abī Muḥammad al-Ṣafadī (fl. first quarter of the 8th/14th c.). The article begins with a discussion of the life of the author al-Ṣafadī and his works. It provides evidence for his biography derived from unpublished manuscript sources. The article then considers features of the authorial context of al-Maqāmāt al-Ǧalāliyya, including notes found in Laleli ms 1929, and evidence for the dedication of al-Maqāmāt al-Ǧalāliyya to the famed geographer, historian, and ruler of Hama, al-Malik al-Muʾayyad Abū l-Fidāʾ (672/1273-732/1332). The remainder of the article provides a description of al-Maqāmāt al-Ǧalāliyya, its narrative structures, the contents of the thirty individual maqāmāt, and explores parallels between al-Maqāmāt al-Ǧalāliyya and other works of the maqāma genre. The final section includes a sample text of al-Maqāma l-Tīzīniyya and an accompanying commentary.

A Maqāma Collection by a Mamlūk Historian: al-Maqāmāt al-Ǧalāliyya by al-Ḥasan b. Abī Muḥammad al-Ṣafadī (fl. First Quarter of the 8th/14th c.)

in Arabica




Oskar Rescher“Über arabische Manuscripte der Lālelī-moschee”Le Monde Oriental7 (1913) p. 10; see Brockelmann gal S ii p. 208; a microfilm of this work is found in the Institute for Arabic Manuscripts in Cairo see Fihris al-Maḫṭūṭāt al-Muṣawwara ed. Ayman Fuʾād Sayyid Cairo Maʿhad iḥyāʾ al-maḫṭūṭāt al-ʿarabiyya 1954 I p. 530; see also Hämeen-Anttila Maqama p. 385.


Al-ṢafadīNuzha p. 6.


Al-ṢafadīNuzha p. 172-3.


Al-ʿAbbāsīĀṯār al-uwal p. 44-45.


Al-ṢafadīNuzha p. 179.


Jaakko Hämeen-AnttilaMaqama p. 328 notes the possible confusion of al-Ḥusayn b. al-ʿAṭṭār said to have written around 685/1286 with the later maqāma author Ḥasan al-ʿAṭṭār (d. 1250/1854). His suspicion is justified for the name al-Ḥusayn b. al-ʿAṭṭār should be read as Ḥusām b. al-ʿAṭṭār.


See Rescher“Manuscripte der Lālelī-moschee” p. 104.


Enayatollah Reza and Farzin Negahban“Abū al-Fidāʾ”Encyclopaedia Islamica2012 (http://referenceworks.brillonline/entries/encylclopaedia-islamica/abu-al-fida-COM_0065 accessed on April 1 2012).


Reuven Amitai“Il-Khanids: Dynastic History”Encyclopaedia Iranica. My thanks to Dr. John Meloy of American University in Beirut for suggesting this possibility.


Ibid. p. 158-160. The absence of mention of the large projects of Siryāqūs built in 723/1323 is evidence for a terminus ante quem for the collection.


YāqūtMuʿǧam al-buldānii p. 459.


Hämeen-AnttilaMaqama p. 152.


AmīnMuṭālaʿāt fī l-šiʿr p. 182 incorrectly states that this style of poetry was not known prior to the 11th/17th century; for an example see p. 656.


Margaret Larkin“Popular Poetry in Post-Classical, Period 1150-1850” in The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: Arabic Literature in the Post-Classical Periodp. 191-242 quote on p. 202. See Ṣafī l-Dīn al-Ḥillī ʿĀṭil al-ḥālī wa-l-muraḫḫaṣ al-ġālī ed. Ḥusayn Naṣṣār Cairo Maṭbaʿat dār al-kutub 2003.



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