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Al-Ablah al-Baghdādī
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Al-Ablah al-Baghdādī, Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad b. Bakhtiyār (d. 579/1183), a prominent poet of the late ʿAbbāsid period. According to ʿImād al-Dīn al-Kātib (fol. 38a) and his contemporary and fellow-poet, Ibn al-Taʿāwīdhī (ʿAbd al-Sūdānī, 61, quoting from the Dīwān of Ibn al-Taʿāwīdhī), he was known as al-Muwallad. However, later accounts are somewhat garbled on this question, and no reason is ever given as to why he should have been known by such a name.

In the centuries after his death, al-Ablah (lit. ‘simple-minded’) seems to have become more widely used. Ibn Khalli…

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Azarnoosh, Azartash and Translated by Maryam Rezaee, “Al-Ablah al-Baghdādī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0084>
First published online: 2015

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