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Subject: tariq ibn ziyad

Tariq ibn Ziyad and the Muslim conquest of Spain

A dialog on the H-MIDEAST_MEDIEVAL list
February 1999

Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 14:44:24 -0600

Can anyone on the Medieval Mid East list direct me towards primary sources referring to or mentioning Tariq ibn Ziyad and the Muslim conquest of Spain?

I have a student researching his life and activities and we can't find the sources we're looking for. She reads Arabic (I don't). Thanks in advance.

Pamela G Sayre
Instructor in History and World Religions
Henry Ford Community College

Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 15:13:39 -0600


Two possible sources, both in Arabic:

Shalabi, Mahmud: Hayat Tariq ibn Ziyad : fatih al-Andalus ( Beirut: 1992)

Manna, Muhammad Abd al-Raziq: Batal al-Andalus Tariq ibn Ziyad (Banghazi : 1978 ? ).


Leyla Rouhi
Williams College.

Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 15:42:46 -0600

here are two more responses to pamela's question. . .


There are two accounts of the Muslim conquest of Spain, translated into English, in _Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim and Jewish Sources_, ed. Olivia R. Constable (1997). Both refer to Tariq.

Simon Doubleday
Assistant Prof. of History>
Hofstra University

Dear Pamela,

Two sources on Tariq are the Arabic *Kitab Futuh Misr* of Ibn 'Abd al-Hakam (various editions out there: check WorldCat for the specifics), and the Latin "Anonymous Chronicle of 754." Translated passages from both, with complete bibliographical citations for the originals, can be found in the nice anthology edited by O. R. Constable, MEDIEVAL IBERIA: READINGS FROM CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM, AND JEWISH SOURCES (Philadelphia Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1997).

Happy Hunting,

Paul M. Cobb
Dept. of History
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109