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Andalusian Literature: 9th to 15th Century
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Andalusian literature is a term that refers to all types of literary forms written or composed in the areas where Muslims ruled in the Iberian Peninsula, also known as al-Andalus, during the Middle Ages. Muslims entered Spain in 93/711, and left in 898/1492 after they were defeated by Ferdinand and Isabella. Muslim chronicles mention, altogether, a considerable number of literate Andalusian women who apparently were well known for their poetry, wit, and knowledge. Examples of such chronicles are: Ibn Bassām (d. circa 542/1147), al-…

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Kudsieh, Suha, “Andalusian Literature: 9th to 15th Century”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0003>
First published online: 2009

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