Reinhart Dozy (essay date 1913)
SOURCE: Dozy, Reinhart. “‘Abd-er-Rahmân V and Ibn Hazm.” In Spanish Islam: A History of the Moslems in Spain, translated by Francis Griffin Stokes, pp. 574-80. London: Chatto & Windus, 1913.
[In the following essay, Dozy concentrates on Ibn Hazm's romantic imagination, noting his relationship to Caliph ‘Abd-er-Rahman V and the latter's anti-Christian views.]
The historian of a calamitous epoch, and of a people rent and agonised by civil wars, sometimes longs to avert his gaze from the strife of factions and its attendant bloodshed, in order to soothe the imagination for a while in the realms of fancy, amidst ideals of innocence and peace. Let us therefore...
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