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Torsten Wollina: Zwanzig Jahre Alltag

Lebens-, Welt- und Selbstbild im Journal des Ahmad Ibn Tawq

Zwanzig Jahre Alltag

Zwanzig Jahre Alltag

Aḥmad Ibn Ṭawq’s Taʿlīq (d. 1510) is one of only a few examples that survived from an indigenous arabic diary tradition which lasted about a thousand years. It is also by far the most extensive one, its edition amounting to almost 2,000 pages covering twenty years.
Despite considerable scholarly attention in recent years, this is the first monograph dedicated to the Taʿlīq, not as a source but as the subject of inquiry. To these ends, Torsten Wollina discusses it as an ego-document shedding new light on the interdependence of text form and presented information.
The first of four chapters frames the study by placing the Taʿlīq within the arabic diary tradition, which conformed both to the needs of historians (as primary sources) and to those of each author (as a pragmatic text for everyday use). Chapters 2 and 3 give attention to Ibn Ṭawq’s worldview, treating his household and his social contacts in the wider world, respectively. The final chapter addresses the author's self image and the concepts of self available in his times.


Link: V&R unipress


Bibliographical reference:

  • Wollina, Torsten. 2014. Zwanzig Jahre Alltag. Lebens-, Welt- und Selbstbild im Journal des Ahmad Ibn Tawq, Göttingen, [Bonn]: V&R unipress; Bonn University Press.