Fixing a Misbegotten Biography: Ziryāb in the Mediterranean World

@article{Davila2009FixingAM,
  title={Fixing a Misbegotten Biography: Ziryāb in the Mediterranean World},
  author={Carl Davila},
  journal={Al-Masāq},
  year={2009},
  volume={21},
  pages={121 - 136}
}
The generally accepted biography of the famous Cordovan musician and composer, Alī b. Nāfi‛ Ziryāb (d. 242/857), contains evident problems of chronology and content and is based almost entirely upon one source, al-Maqqarī's Nafḣ al- ⃛īb min ghu⋅n al-Andalus al-ratīb, written in the eleventh/seventeenth century. Modern scholarship generally has overlooked the fifth/eleventh-century source for this late version of his biography and has not taken other, earlier, sources into account. The result is… Expand
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