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The Libro de buen amor and the medieval iberian Maqāma

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This chapter picks up the trail blazed by Lida de Malkiel in the consideration of Ruiz's familiarity with Šaašuim. First, it sets the stage for Ruiz's putative exposure to Ibn Zabara's work by discussing the presence of Jewish intellectuals in the courts of Castile and Aragon before and during the lifetime of Juan Ruiz. That is, the chapter looks at the question of how and why Jews and Christians were in meaningful social contact. Next, it revisits and expands Lida de Malkiel's argument in order to trace Juan Ruiz's adaptation of the narrative resources of the Iberian maqāma in the Libro de buen amor (LBA). The last topic of the chapter plays an important part in placing the Archpriest in the tradition of unreliable hapless narrators of the medieval Iberian Hebrew and Arabic maqāmāt, particularly in assessing the (un)reliability of the author/narrator.

Keywords: Šaašuim; Archpriest; Juan Ruiz; Libro de buen amor (LBA); Lida de Malkiel; maqāma; medieval Iberian Hebrew



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