Ibn Hayyan

This article is about the historian from Al Andalus. For the alchemist, see Jābir ibn Hayyān. For other uses, see Ibn Hayyan (disambiguation).

Abū Marwān Ḥayyān ibn Khalaf ibn Ḥusayn ibn Ḥayyān al-Qurṭubī (987–1075), usually known as Ibn Hayyan, was a Muslim historian from Al-Andalus.

Born at Córdoba, he was an important official at the court of the Andalusian ruler al-Mansur and published several works on history which have only survived in part. His books constitute one of the most important sources for the study of the Andalusian history, especially the history of Córdoba and the kings of the taifas.

Like Ibn Hazm he defended the dynasty of the Umayyads and deplored its fall and the following dissolution of the Andalusian state and the coming of the taifas.

He died in Córdoba in 1075.


The following works are ascribed to Ibn Hayyan:

His best-known works are al-Muqtabis and al-Matin.


  1. Meouak, Mohamed, "Kitāb al-muqtabis fī ta'rīkh rijāl al-Andalus, part of Al-ta'rīkh al-kabīr." Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. , 2012. Reference. 27 February 2012 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/christian-muslim-relations/kitab-al-muqtabis-fi-tarikh-rijal-al-andalus-part-of-al-tarikh-al-kabir-COM_23341>

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