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Abū Firās
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Abū Firās, al-Ḥārith b. Saʿīd b. Ḥamdān (320–357/932–968), a Shiʿi poet and cousin of Sayf al-Dawla al-Ḥamdānī. In 318/930 Abū Firās's father became the ruler of Mawṣil (Mosul), where Abū Firās was probably born (Ibn al-Athīr, 8/217; ʿAbd al-Mahdī, 26, 82). Some sources, however, maintain that he was born in Manbij (see al-Amīn, 4/307). He was only three years old when, as the result of political rivalries between members of his family, his father was k…

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Mohammad Seyyedi, Seyyed and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Abū Firās”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0066>
First published online: 2015

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