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Abū Zayd al-Qurashī
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Abū Zayd al-Qurashī, Muḥammad b. Abī al-Khaṭṭāb, was a narrator of Arab poetry. Towards the end of the 2nd/8th century Muslim scholars began collecting works of Arabic literature, employing various methods of recording them in book form. Some of them collected oral traditions of the Arabs (akhbār) along with poems of each poet. Others principally gathered poems only with occasional segments on music and sporadically inserted oral traditions (akhbār) into the works. There were also those who concentrated exclusively on compiling anthologies of poetry. The oldest …

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Azarnoosh, Azartash and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Abū Zayd al-Qurashī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0238>
First published online: 2015

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