International Conference

The Sultan’s Anthologist: Ibn Abī Ḥaǧala and His Works

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, April 1-2, 2015

The ALEA-Group organized a first conference on the topic 'The Sultan’s Anthologist: Ibn Abī Ḥaǧala and His Works' at WWU on April 1-2, 2015.

Ibn Abī Ḥaǧala (1325-1375) was born in Tlemcen, spent his youth in Damascus and settled later in Cairo. He was a recognized poet who composed mainly panegyrics and was proud of his religious poetry. As a prolific adīb he mastered the art of short picaresque prose narratives known as maqāmāt as well as the art of anthology. Ibn Abī Ḥaǧala is best known for his anthology Sukkardān as-sulṭān (The Sultan’s Sugar Box) and his collection on passionate love (Dīwān aṣ-ṣabāba) which he both dedicated to the Mamluk Sultan Ḥasan who reigned from 1347 until 1361. Yet, most of his work is still unedited and understudied.

The program of the conference is now available here.