Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

Get access

Ibn Matqa, Joseph (Abū ʿUmar)
(360 words)

Joseph (Abū ʿUmar) ibn Matqa was a poet in twelfth-century al-Andalus. Nothing is known about his life, and we are aware of him only thanks to his poetic correspondence with Judah ha-Levi. The latter’s dīwān preserves a short poem addressed to him by Joseph ibn Matqa and included by Brody in the notes to his edition of Ha-Levi’s secular poetry (Dîwân, I, p. 182). According to the heading, the poem was written by Abū ʿUmar ibn Matqa; it consists of two pessimistic verses.

The poem with which Judah ha-Levi responded to his friend has not been identified with any certainty. The h…

Cite this page
Aurora Salvatierra Ossorio, “Ibn Matqa, Joseph (Abū ʿUmar)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0010850>
First published online: 2010

▲   Back to top   ▲