Ibn al-Yayyab

Ibn al-Yayyab or Abu l-Hasan Ali b. Muhammad b. Sulayman b. `Ali b. Sulayman b. Hasan al-Ansari (also: Ibn al-Jayyab) (12741349) was a Muwallad statesman and poet from the Nasrid kingdom of Granada. He preceded Ibn al-Khatib as vizir at the court of Granada. He wrote qasidas in a neo-classical style. Some of his poems still decorate the walls of Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid sultans.


  • Ibn Al-Yayyab, El Otro Poeta De La Alhambra, by Rubiera Mata, Maria Jesus,ISBN 978-84-85622-16-0, ed. Patronato de La Alhambra, 1994
  • Etude d'une scenographie poetique: l'oeuvre d'Ibn al-Jayyab a la tour de la Captive (Alhambra) by Sophie Makariou, in: Studia Islamica, No. 96, Ecriture, Calligraphie et Peinture (2003), pp. XXV-XXVII+95-107

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