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Ḥafṣa bint Ḥamdūn
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Ḥafṣa bint Ḥamdūn, a 4th/10th century Andalusī poetess. Our information about her life is limited to the fact that she grew up in a wealthy family in the village of Wādī al-Ḥijāra (Guadalajara). Hence she is also known as Ḥafṣa al-Ḥijāriyya (or ‘Ḥafṣa of Guadalajara’; Ibn al-Abbār, 248; Yāqūt, 2/204; Aʿlamī Ḥāʾirī, 2/20).

Sources place Ḥafṣa as living during the 4th/10th century, as she is mentioned by Ibn Faraj al-Jayyānī (d. 366/976) in his anthology Kitāb al-Ḥadāʾiq, and roughly contemporaneous with another famous Andalusī poet, ʿĀʾisha bint Aḥmad al-Qurṭubiyya (d. 4…

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Arab, Parisa, with additions by Stephen Hirtenstein and Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, “Ḥafṣa bint Ḥamdūn”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_067180>
First published online: 2022

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