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al-Uḳays̲h̲ir
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, the appellative of the Umayyad poet al-Mug̲h̲īra b. ʿAbd Allāh b. al-Aswad b. Wahb b. Nāʿid̲j̲ b. Ḳays b. Muʿriḍ of the ʿAmr b. Asad b. Ḵh̲uzayma (Ibn Ḥazm, Ḏj̲amharat ansāb al-ʿArab , Cairo 1391/1971, 191, and not as is commonly acknowledged after the Ag̲h̲ānī ). He owed this appellative "red face" to a skin disease which ancient sources denoted by the generic term baraṣ , leprosy (al-Ḏj̲āḥiẓ, al-Burṣān wa ’l-ʿurd̲j̲ān , Beirut 1401/1981, 68, 74, referring to al-Uḳays̲h̲ir by name). This must have made him repulsive to look at, and he attacked anyone at all who called him by this nickname.

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Arazi, A., “al-Uḳays̲h̲ir”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 30 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1275>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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