Al-Bayan al-Mughrib

Kitāb al-bayān al-mughrib fī ākhbār mulūk al-andalus wa'l-maghrib (Book of the Amazing Story of the History of the Kings of al-Andalus and Maghreb)[1] by Ibn Idhāri of Marrakech in the Maghreb (now Morocco) is an important medieval text on the history of the Maghreb and Iberia, written in Arabic at Marrakech about the year 1312 . Generally known by its shorter title al-Bayān al-Mughrib (The Amazing Story; Arabic: البيان المغرب‎), or even just as the Bayān, it is valued by modern researchers as a unique source of information, and for its preservation of excerpts from lost works.

Ibn Idhāri divides the work into three parts:

The Arabic text of the first two parts was first published in a Latin edition by Reinhart Dozy (1848-52); a second corrected edition of these two parts was published in 1948 by Colin and Levi-Provençal.

Several Spanish translations include a notable version by Huici Miranda. A French translaion by Fagnan (1901) based on Dozy's edition, received unfavourable reviews. However to date few translations of this work have been published.

Portions of the incomplete and insect-damaged manuscript of the third part were discovered in the 20th century. Despite lacking the beginning and end and several folios,[2] the preserved MS fragments importantly provide for the correction of many of errors and information omitted by the more widely known Rawd al-Qirtas. An Arabic edition published by Ihsan Abbas (Beirut, 1983) includes the incomplete Part 3.


  1. ^ "Source Details". Online Medieval Sources Bibliography. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  2. ^ The various discoveries of Part 3 are detailed in Huici Miranda's introduction to the Spanish translation.