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Ibrāhīm b. Sayāba
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, minor poet of the second half of the 2nd/8th century who died circa 193/809. Of obscure origin and a mawlā of the ʿAbbāsids, he held, according to Ibn al-Muʿtazz, the office of secretary to al-Mahdī but, having once been suspected of zandaḳa , he was dismissed and obliged to beg for a living. Like so many of his contemporaries, he led a disorganized and even dissolute life, but he was not lacking in wit, to judge by the anecdotes of which he is the hero. Ibn al-Muʿtazz described him as a born ( maṭbūʿ ) poet, while the author of the Ag̲h̲ānī has a different opinion of him: according to him, he…

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Ed., “Ibrāhīm b. Sayāba”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3441>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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