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Abū Miḥjan
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Abū Miḥjan, a mukhaḍram poet (one who lived part of his life in the pre-Islamic era and the rest after the advent of Islam). What appears about him in the sources is closer to legend than fact. There is disagreement about his name: some state that it was Mālik or ʿAbd Allāh (Ibn ʿAbd al-Barr, 4/1746), while others say Abū Miḥjan was his proper name (ism), and Abū ʿUbayd his kunya (Ibn Ḥajar, 4/170). He is also said to have been called Ḥabīb (al-Āmidī, 133).

He came from the Banū Thaqīf (Ibn ʿAbd al-Barr, 4/1746), and was one of the enemy archers ranged against the Muslims at the…

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Bahramian, Ali and Translated by Mansur Sana'i, “Abū Miḥjan”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0176>
First published online: 2015

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