Introducing: Dunya bint Ismaʾil

Today we return to a work that has been a staple on this blog, Ibn Ṭūlūn’s al-Ghuraf al-ʿaliyya. In this and the following entries, I will introduce the few women that the author included in this biographical dictionary. As other authors before him, he collected these biographies in a separate chapter (bāb al-nisāʾ) towards the end of the book. Unlike his immediate Egyptian predecessor al-Sakhāwī, Ibn Ṭūlūn does not pay much attention to women, however. The chapter consists of only three rather short biographies. So […]

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