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Ibn Ṣaqbel, Solomon (Abū Ayyūb) ben Sahl
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Solomon ben Sahl Ibn Ṣaqbel was the twelfth-century Andalusian author of a collection of Hebrew maqāmāt (Heb. maḥberot), picaresque tales in rhymed prose. Only one maqāma from this work is extant: NeʾumAsher ben Yehuda (The Words of Asher ben Judah). The work and its author are mentioned in the Taḥkemoni by al-Ḥarīzī, who describes Ibn Ṣaqbel as a learned and well-known scholar in the art of poetry and the author of the pleasant maqāma that begins NeʾumAsher ben Yehuda. As Raymond Scheindlin states, it is the first known Hebrew fiction from medieval Spain, probably written …

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Arturo Prats, “Ibn Ṣaqbel, Solomon (Abū Ayyūb) ben Sahl”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0011080>
First published online: 2010

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