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STUDIES ON THE JAZĪRA II: DUNAYSIR AND ITS HISTORY
C. Edmund Bosworth
Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Vol. 59, No. 1 (March 2006), pp. 1-10
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23658886
Page Count: 10
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This paper looks at the history of the small Islamic town of Dunaysir in the Diyār Rabī' a region of Upper Mesopotamia, which flourished especially in the 12th and 13th centuries A.D. as an agricultural centre and market town, with a lively intellectual and cultural life. A local physician and scholar, Abū Ḥafṣ 'Umar b. al-Khiḍr al-Turkī (d. ca. 1242—1243) wrote a history of the town's notable scholars and literary men. It is important for being the only known history of the town, for its rich biographical information and for being the sole authority for a large amount of Arabic verse by Jaziran poets. Biographical notes on these notables are given, and some illustrative sections of the history translated.
Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae © 2006 Akadémiai Kiadó