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Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī
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Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī, Aḥmad b. ʿAbd Allāh b. Sulaymān al-Tanūkhī (27 Rabīʿ I 363–449/26 December 973–1057), a distinguished Arab poet and thinker who was blind. His life was a relatively uneventful one, and spent mostly as a recluse, away from human contact. He was born in Maʿarrat al-Nuʿmān, a small town between Aleppo and Ḥamā. He was descended from a line of distinguished and eminent individuals, the majority of…

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Sharafoddin Khorasani and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0038>
First published online: 2015

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