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al-Ag̲h̲lab al-ʿId̲j̲lī
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( al-ag̲h̲lab b. ʿamr b. ʿubayda b. ḥārit̲h̲a b. dulaf b. ḏj̲us̲h̲am ), Arab poet, born in the pre-Islamic era and converted to Islam, who later settled at al-Kūfa, and was killed at the battle of Nihāwand (21/642) at the reputed age of 90. He is not regarded as one of the Companions of the Prophet. Al-Ag̲h̲lab is considered to be the first to have employed the rad̲j̲az metre in lengthy poems constructed on the pattern of the ḳaṣīda , but very few traces of his works remain. Critics praise particularly a poem on the prophetess Sad̲j̲āḥ [q.v.], and quote an anecdote which suggests that Islam…

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Pellat, Ch., “al-Ag̲h̲lab al-ʿId̲j̲lī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0366>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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