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A link between a burda and Arabic poetry first appeared in the time of the Prophet. When Kaʿb b. Zuhayr began habitually satirising the Prophet, the latter gave permission for him to be killed; Kaʿb then made haste to go to the Prophet, to whom he presented a qaṣīda expressing his contrition. In return, the Prophet bestowed on him his mantle. Kaʿb’s poem became famous—not by the name Burda, but by a name taken from its opening words, ‘B…

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Azarnoosh, Azartash and Translated by Muhammad Isa Waley, “Burda”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_05000034>
First published online: 2021

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