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Abū al-Yanbaghī
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Abū al-Yanbaghī, ʿAbbās b. Ṭarkhān (d. after 227/842), was a popular poet of the ʿAbbāsid era. Although there are no details about his life apart from a few anecdotes, he became famous for two reasons: firstly, he followed in the footsteps of those poets who sought to express the truth by simple means of expression, being one of those rare poets to employ the common idioms of ordinary language; secondly, a Persian poem or song attributed to him played a key role in the formation of classical Persian poetry.

A collection of Abū al-Yanbaghī's Arabic poems was apparently compiled by Ab…

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Azarnoosh, Azartash and Translated by Hamid Tehrani, “Abū al-Yanbaghī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0159>
First published online: 2015

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