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Ismāʿīl Nibrās al-Adabī b. Yūsuf
(103 words)

b. 1929, d. 1956.


Son of a scholar from Ikirun, his nisba al-Adabī suggests a relationship with the students of Tāj al-Adab of Ilorin (q.v.). Like Tāj al-Adab, he also wrote a long poem in cryptic language, modelled on al-Zamakhsharī’s Nawābigh al-kalim (see GAL I, 292, S I, 512). He is said to have composed this without having any formal training in Arabic literary arts.


1. Miṣbāḥ al-zamān li’l-akābir wa’l-ghilmān.

Written in 1950.

Publ. Cairo, 1384/1955 (copy in NU/Hunwick, 246); text …

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“Ismāʿīl Nibrās al-Adabī b. Yūsuf”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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