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Mad̲j̲nūn Laylā
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, “the Madman of Laylā”, or Mad̲j̲nūn Banī ʿĀmir, the name given to the hero of a romantic love story, the original form of which could date back as far as the second half of the 1st/7th Century.

1. In Arabic literature

This imaginary character (acknowledged as such even by some Arab critics; see Ag̲h̲ānī , ed. Beirut, ii, 6, 11) has been furnished by the ruwāt with an ism and with a complete genealogy; Ḳays b. al-Mulawwaḥ b. Muzāḥim b. Ḳays b. ʿUdas b. Rabīʿa b. D̲j̲aʿda b. Kaʿb b. Rābīʿa b. ʿĀmir b. Ṣaʿṣaʿa, but according to the evidence, although this filiatio…

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Pellat, Ch., Bruijn, J.T.P. de, Flemming, B. and Haywood, J.A., “Mad̲j̲nūn Laylā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 28 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0608>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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