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Abū al-Aswad al-Duʾalī
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Abū al-Aswad al-Duʾalī, famous poet and follower (tābiʿ) of the Prophet's Companions, widely known as a companion of ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib and regarded by some as the founder of the science of naḥw (Arabic grammar, and more specifically, syntax).

Our knowledge of Abū al-Aswad's life is very limited, with various occasional historical discrepancies. Furthermore, because of the cultural and political environment of Baṣra and the tumultuous era in which …

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Bahramian, Ali, Azarnoosh, Azartash and Translated by Daryoush Mohammad Poor, “Abū al-Aswad al-Duʾalī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0044>
First published online: 2015

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