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Ibn al-Tabbān, Levi (Abu 'l-Fahm) ben Jacob
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Levi (Abu ʿl-Fahm) ben Jacob ibn al-Tabbān was a poet and grammarian who was active in Saragossa under the taifa dynasty of the Banū Hūd in the latter part of the eleventh century. Very little is known about his life, but at this time Saragossa, the capital of the Upper March of al-Andalus, was one of the most important cultural centers on the Iberian Peninsula.

During his lifetime Ibn al-Tabbān enjoyed a considerable reputation as a poet. He specialized in religious and synagogal poetry. Moses ibn Ezra, in his ars poetica, Kitāb al-Muḥāḍara wa 'l-Mudhākara, refers to him as “a famous te…

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M.J. Cano, “Ibn al-Tabbān, Levi (Abu 'l-Fahm) ben Jacob”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0010350>
First published online: 2010

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