Ibn al-Ḥannāṭ
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Abū ʿAbdallāh Muḥammad b. Sulaymān Ibn al-Ḥannāṭ al-Kafīf (“the Blind”) al-Ruʿaynī al-Qurṭubī (d. 437/1046) was an Andalusian poet and prose writer. Despite losing his eyesight at an early age, he was learned in astronomy, medicine, philosophy, the Arabic language, and Islamic ethics, as well as being, with the help of his son, a practising doctor.

Ibn al-Ḥannāṭ’s first patrons were the Córdoban family of the Banū Dhakwān, and he was also a secretary in the administration of the Umayyad caliph Hishām III (r. 418–22/1027–31). Later, however, having e…

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Hämeen-Anttila, Jaakko, “Ibn al-Ḥannāṭ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 15 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30807>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 9789004335745, 2017, 2017-5

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