fl. early 19th cent.
The first known religious panegyrist in the Nilotic Sudan, he is considered to be the founding father of madīḥ among the Jaʿaliyyūn. His name suggests that his father was a transmitter of poetry, since shāʿir also bears that meaning in Sudanese colloquial Arabic. Two of his many poems are still performed today.
1. Madḥat al-salāma.
Sudanese panegyrists commonly open their madīḥ sessions with this famous poem, wh…