Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

Get access
Search Results: | 33 of 93 |

Malik al-S̲h̲uʿarāʾ
(980 words)

(a.), “King of the Poets”, honorific title of a Persian poet laureate, which is also known in other forms. It was the highest distinction which could be given to a poet by a royal patron. Like other honorifics [see laḳab ], it confirmed the status of its holder within his profession and was regarded as a permanent addition to his name which sometimes even became a hereditary title. Corresponding to this on a lower level was the privilege, given occasionally to court poets, of choosing a pen name [see tak̲h̲alluṣ ] based on the name or one of the laḳab s of their patron.

Certain responsibilities we…

Cite this page
Bruijn, J.T.P. de, “Malik al-S̲h̲uʿarāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 03 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4875>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



▲   Back to top   ▲