Abū Muhammad al-Qāsim ibn Alī ibn Muhammad ibn Uthmān al-Harīrī popularly known as al-Hariri of Basra (– 9 September ) was an Arab poet, scholar of the Arabic language and a high government official of the Seljuk Empire. He is known for his Maqamat al-Hariri, a collection of some 50 stories. Al-Maqamat is the title of a book written by Abu Muhammad al Qasim ibn Ali al- Hariri () containing fifty relatively short stories (maquamat = "settings". Figure 1. "Facsimile of Maqamat manuscript produced in Iraq in " (Source). Maqamat Al-Hariri are frequently referenced on beautiful pictorial illustrations.
The image by 13th–century illustrator al-Wasiti is from the Maqamat (Assemblies) , a collection of stories of a picaresque hero. The author, al-Hariri ( The Al Maqamat al Hariri, also known as the Scherer Hariri after a previous owner, is one of the most overwhelmingly beautiful Arabic illuminated manuscripts. This manuscript preserves what is arguably the most valuable copy in existence of al-Maqāmāt al-ḥarīriyah (The assemblies of al-Hariri).
Anna McSweeney MA Thesis - SOAS Dept. Art and Archaeology 1 Introduction The Maqamat of al-Hariri is a well-known collection of stories in Arabic which was . Al-Ḥarīrī's Maqāmāt seems to unite his experiences as an information officer with his authoritative knowledge of Arabic grammar, style, and verse. These tales. Sermon being preached from a minbar, miniature from the Maqāmāt of al-Ḥarīrī, ; in the National Library, Paris (MS Arabe , fol. 93). Courtesy of the.