Abu ’l-ʿAtāhiya
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, one of the most important Arabian poets of the ʿAbbāside epoch. Abū Isḥāḳ Ismāʿīl b. al-Ḳāsim b. Suwaid b. Kaisan, surnamed Abu’l-ʿAtāhiya, was born in 130 (748) in ʿAin al-Tamr, a small village not far from al-Anbār (according to other accounts in the neighborhood of Medina). His forefathers belonged to the Bedouin tribe of ʿAnaza; his father al-Ḳāsim was a cupper. He himself and his brother Zaid had a small pottery in Kūfa, and it is related that people who visited him wrote down on potsherd…

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Oestrup, J., “Abu ’l-ʿAtāhiya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 13 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_0187>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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