Islamic Literature in Spanish and Aljamiado

Yça of Segovia (fl. 1450), his Antecedents and Successors


This important work is an historical study of the Islamic writings in Spanish and Aljamiado (Spanish in Arabic script) of the Muslim minorities in medieval Christian Spain, the Mudejars and Moriscos.
On the basis of both Christian sources, such as archival documents and the writings of John of Segovia, and Islamic sources in Spanish and Arabic, this book focuses on the life and writings of Yça Gidelli (ca 1450), religious authority of the Mudejar community of Segovia (Castile). Of crucial importance for the history of Islamic Spanish literature, Yça's best-known work is a Spanish translation of the Qur’ān made at the request of bishop John of Segovia (d. 1458).
This study follows the early history of Islamic writings in the vernacular (13th-14th centuries), continues with a description of Yça's writings and biography, and finally deals with his influence on Moriscos in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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'...excellente monographie...'
Mikel de Epalza, Islamochristiana, 1991.
'It is a major contribution to the literature of the field.'
L. P. Harvey, Journal of Islamic Studies, 1995.
'The author's competence, persistence and scientific adequacy are evident to the reader of this book. The searchers of Medieval history, Islam and Spanish subjects dispose now a scientific tool, a real aid in their researches.'
Athanasius Th. Photopoulous, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, 1994.
'Islamic Literature in Spanish and Aljamiado […] makes a key contribution to our knowledge of the origin and nature of Islamic Spanish literature and culture at the end of the Middle Ages…Islamic Literature in Spanish and Aljamiado will be the last word on Yça of Segovia's life, works, and literary role for many years to come, and will be required reading for all those interested in Mudejar culture and literature in the 15th century.'
Thomas E. Burman, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 1998.
This book is of relevance to all those interested in the history of the Muslim minorities in medieval Christian Spain, Hispanists, historians of Religions, Islamicists, medievalists, historians of the Church and theologians.
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