Ibn Ḥabīb (Muḥammad) d. AH 245/AD 860, Prominent Murder Victims of the Pre- and Early Islamic Periods Including the Names of Murdered Poets, Editor / Translator: Geert Jan van Gelder, Leiden, Brill, ("Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1 The Near and Middle East, Volume ; 150"), viii, 388 pp, 2021, viii, 388 pp, ISBN 978-90-04-44634-2
Geert Jan van Gelder (b. Amsterdam, 1947, PhD Leiden, 1982) was Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford from 1998 until 2012. He published several monographs, editions, translations, and many articles on Classical Arabic Literature.
Muḥammad ibn Ḥabīb (d. 860), a specialist in Arab history, tribal genealogy, and poetry, who lived in Baghdad, collected in his Prominent Murder Victims many stories of murderers and murder victims from the legendary pre-Islamic past, such as how Bilqīs, the Arabic name for the Queen of Sheba, came to power, to the assassinations ordered by viziers or caliphs in the early Islamic centuries. A lengthy appendix deals with poets from pre- and early Islamic times who were killed. The stories are entertaining as well as informative. Strikingly, the author refrains from explicit moralising. The present book offers a richly annotated English translation together with an improved Arabic text and indexes of persons, places, and rhymes.
1 The Author
2 Sources on Ibn Ḥabīb
4 The Book on Prominent Murder Victims and Poets Who Were Killed
6 The Translation
8 Abbreviations in the English
9 Abbreviations in the Notes to the Arabic Text
Text and Translation
List of Sections
Index of Persons, Tribes, Nations, Groups
Index of Rhymes فهرست القوافي
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