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Abū al-Faraj ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn al-Iṣfahānī
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Abū al-Faraj ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn al-Iṣfahānī (284–ca. 362/897–ca. 973) was a famous man of letters and poet, a descendant of the Umayyad caliph Marwān b. al-Ḥakam through his grandson, Hishām b. ʿAbd al-Malik.


The image of Abū al-Faraj which emerges from works like al-Aghānī and other books of that period bears no resemblance to the pious and serious, combative young man who wrote Ma…

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Azarnoosh,Ali Bahramian , Azartash and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Abū al-Faraj ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn al-Iṣfahānī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0059>
First published online: 2015

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