al-Zahāwī, D̲j̲amīl Ṣidḳī
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, (b. 18 June 1863 in Bag̲h̲dād, d. 23 February 1936), neo-classical poet and eminent representative of the Nahḍa [q.v.] in ʿIrāḳ.

A son of the Kurdish élite family of al-Bābān from Sulaymāniyya [q.v.]—his father Muḥammad Fayḍī was Muftī of Bag̲h̲dād and his mother of Kurdish upperclass origin also—he spent his childhood with his mother, who lived separately from his father. At about 7 years old he became his father’s pupil in traditional Arabic learning at a time when modern-type Arabic schools did not exist in ʿIrāḳ. The father en…

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Walther, Wiebke, “al-Zahāwī, D̲j̲amīl Ṣidḳī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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