The Aljamiado Alexander
This chapter discusses key elements of the Ibero-Muslim tradition of Alexandrian literature as it manifested during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It aims to engage in a more focused analysis of specific manuscript texts in Aljamiado that deal with Alexander the Great and reflect dominant currents of late medieval Ibero-Muslim literature concerned with the Macedonian king. The main text upon which the chapter focuses, the Rekontamiento del rey Ališandre (Story of King Alexander), speaks of empire in a focused way, developing this theme within the frame of a persistent exploration of Islamic concerns regarding human mortality, knowledge, the afterlife, and the Day of Judgment.
Keywords: Ibero-Muslim tradition, Alexandrian literature, Aljamiado, Alexander the Great, human mortality, Islamic concerns