Most people would like to believe that authors, especially those who are experts in a field, would try to focus primarily on facts and overlook bias in their writing. The analysis here takes this assumption and applies it to a writer from tenth Islamic Spain (al-Andalus). A time when the Iberian Peninsula had been conquered by the Muslim Umayyad family. Ibn al- Qutiyaya, a leading authority on Arabic grammar during the tenth century, created some of the only works to have survived the re-conquest and expulsion of Muslims in Spain. One piece in particular was The History of the Conquest of al- Andalus. Ibn al- Qutiya narrates the events of the Muslim conquest of Iberia peninsula. He then introduces the Emirs of al-Andalus and the conflicts they faced during their rulings. This paper analyzes how Ibn al-Qutiya characterizes the emirs of al-Andalus. Most importantly, the paper explains why the political culture of Islamic Spain and the Umayyad family made the writing style of Ibn al- Qutiya so relevant.
|Presenter:||Alise Underwood (Undergraduate Student)|
|Time:||1:15 pm Session III|