Medieval Arabic Historigraphy (Soas Routledgecurzon Studies by K. Hirschler

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What is the state of the one who abases himself in word and deed in order to receive a little? [. ] Who sells his faith for someone else’s worldly treasure, indeed, the vendor of the faith will be disappointed by the loss! [. ] May God save me from competing with the people for a post [manxab]. 112 (Abn Shmma, Dhayl, 223–4, 226) Teachers of his, like ^Alam al-Dln al-Sakhmwl and Ibn ^Abd al-Salmm113 (d. 660/1262), expressed a similar mistrust of being close to the power holders in general. Abn Shmma, for example, reported a walk in a cemetery during which al-Sakhmwl showed him the verses on the grave of the scholar Kamml al-Dln Mawdnd b.

34 A friendship, on the contrary, was generally described in vague terms, without a clear delimitation in time. The scholar and biographer Ibn Khallikmn (d. 36 This mutual exclusivity was more accentuated the more socially equal the partners were. Between such partners one rarely encounters an individual being involved in more than one such relationship at a time. ammad (d. ammad (d. ba/mulmzama bond between two socially unequal partners, on the contrary, tended to be less exclusive from the point of view of the higher-ranked individual; from the perspective of a ruler, for example, it could obviously not be exclusive.

After he was asked to complain to the Damascene authorities he wrote, in answer to this request: I said to those who asked me: ‘Why do you not complain? ’ God (may he be exalted) foreordains for us who obtains justice and whose thirst is quenched. If we trust in him, he is sufficient! We anticipate his reward and the blessings of the protector. (Abn Shmma, Dhayl, 240) This image of Abn Shmma was to be retained in the centuries to come. With few exceptions these verses were quoted in the entries on Abn Shmma in the biographical dictionaries of the eighth/fourteenth and ninth/fifteenth centuries.

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