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al-S̲h̲anfarā
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“he who has large lips”, is the nickname, perhaps even the name (al-Zamak̲h̲s̲h̲arī, introd., 8; S̲h̲arīf, 15), of one of the most famous pre-Islamic ṣuʿlūk poets. A great deal of confusion surrounds the man and his work; for this reason it is appropriate to handle the information concerning him with the greatest caution.

1. Life.

Details relating to the life of al-S̲h̲anfarā are sparse, contradictory and marked by an anecdotal quality much more pronounced than is the case with all the other pre-Islamic poets. His name is reportedly T̲h̲ābit (ʿAmr) …

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Arazi, A., “al-S̲h̲anfarā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 08 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1035>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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