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Preliminary Study in Ḥilyat al-Muḥāḍara [ḤM] by Abū 'Alī Muḥammad al-Ḥātimī: The ‘Lost’ Source of Moše Ibn Ezra for His Kitāb al-Muḥāḍara wa-al-Mudhākara [KMM]

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In his introduction to Kitāb Al-Muḥāḍara Wa-Al-Mudhākara (KMM), Moše ibn Ezras major theoretical work, in fact the only work in medieval Judeo-Arabic of criticism of Hebrew secular poetry in Andalusia in Spain in the classical period. The truth however is that Ḥilyat Al-Muḥāḍara (ḤM), the second of the Ḥātimīs two compositions that Ibn Ezra included in the list of the Arabic books of rhetoric that he was influenced by, is preserved in at least two manuscripts, and a generation ago also was published in Baghdad, is shown in this chapter. Abū ʿAlī Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Muẓaffar Al-Ḥātimī, the famous 10th-century critic of Arabic poetry, is known in Jewish literature from Ibn Ezras KMM. Certainly, based on the complete edition of Ḥātimī’s ḤM and the two partial editions, and on Bonebakkers two studies mentioned in the chapter, it is possible to gauge the influence of ḤM on Ibn Ezras KMM.

Keywords: Ḥilyat Al-Muḥāḍara (ḤM); Abū ʿAlī Muḥammad Al-Ḥātimī; Kitāb Al-Muḥāḍara Wa-Al-Mudhākara (KMM); Moše Ibn Ezra



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