Ibn Said al-Maghribi was an indefatigable traveller, profoundly interested in geography. In 1250 he writes Kitab Bast al-Ard. His Kitab al-Jag-Ara fiya embodies the experience of his extensive travels in the Muslim world and the shores of the Indian Ocean. He also gives an account of parts of northern Europe including Iceland. Ibn Said also visited Armenia and was at the Court of Hulagu from 1256 to 1265.
His Rayat al-mubarrizin waghayat al-mumayyizin (Banners of the Champions, also translated as Pennants of the Champions), published in 1243, is his best known anthology of poetry. He also wrote a history of the region Book of the Maghrib.
In the Pennants of the Champions, poetry is arranged according to home and occupation of the writer. Lyrics come from all over the Andalusian world: Alcalá, Córdoba, Granada, Lisbon, Murcia, Saragossa, Seville, Toledo, and Valencia. Authors include bureaucrats, gentlemen, kings, ministers, and scholars; the book is evidence of how important love poetry was to the educated of al-Andalus. It is also one of the few historical remains of love between men from the period.
An excerpt from a poem of the Pennants:
His work stool (as if it were a horse)
carries him proudly (as if he were a hero).
But this hero of mine is armed only with a needle,
long like his eyelashes and like them shining.
Watching it stitch up the seams of a cloak
I think of the falling star trailed by a silken thread of light.
He twists the thread and the thread twists about my heart.
O that my heart could follow him, close like the thread behind the needle!