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In Licit Magic: The Life and Letters of al-Ṣāḥib b. ʿAbbād (d. 385/995) Maurice A. Pomerantz explores the biography and literary output of a major tenth-century Muslim statesman, literary patron, and intellectual. His nearly two-decade reign as vizier on behalf of two Buyid amirs was an important period for the flowering of Arabic letters, Muʿtazilī theology and Shīʿism in Western Iran. Making use of Ibn ʿAbbād’s large corpus of letters ( rasāʾil), Pomerantz explores the role that eloquence played in the conduct of administration, the maintenance of social networks of elites, and persuasion. Licit Magic argues that the eloquent expression that Ibn ʿAbbād displayed in his letters was central to his exercise of power.

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 It provides evidence for his biography derived from unpublished manuscript sources.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.

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In: Licit Magic: The Life and Letters of al-Ṣāḥib b. ʿAbbād (d. 385/995)
In: Licit Magic: The Life and Letters of al-Ṣāḥib b. ʿAbbād (d. 385/995)
In: Licit Magic: The Life and Letters of al-Ṣāḥib b. ʿAbbād (d. 385/995)
In: Licit Magic: The Life and Letters of al-Ṣāḥib b. ʿAbbād (d. 385/995)
In: Licit Magic: The Life and Letters of al-Ṣāḥib b. ʿAbbād (d. 385/995)
In: Licit Magic: The Life and Letters of al-Ṣāḥib b. ʿAbbād (d. 385/995)