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Bashshār b. Burd
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Bashshār b. Burd, Abū Muʿādh, called al-Muraʿʿath (d. 167/783 or 168/784), a blind poet and orator of Persian extraction who flourished under the first ʿAbbāsids.

Early sources contain differing details as to Bashshār’s origins. Abū al-Faraj al-Iṣfahānī lists some twenty-five of his Iranian forebears, and traces his line back to the Kiyānid dynasty (Abū al-Faraj, 3/135; see also Bashshār, 1/101; al-Ṣafadī, al-Wāfī, 10/136); the poet himself at times vaunts this ancestry (see Bashshār, 1/37…

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Fatehi-nezhad, Enayatollah and Translated by Matthew Melvin-Koushki, “Bashshār b. Burd”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_00000092>
First published online: 2015

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