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Sīfawayh al-Ḳāṣṣ
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, a humorist of the 2nd/8th century. Ḳāṣṣ [q.v.] “storyteller” is employed here, as was quite common, in the same sense as other less ambiguous terms for jester; he was also described as the prototypical mug̲h̲affal “irresponsible wit”. No decision is possible as to whether his nickname should be vocalised Sīfawayh or Sayfawayh, and the identification with another ḳāṣṣ called ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz, suggested on the basis of one shared remark by the recent editor of Ibn al-D̲j̲awzī, Ḳuṣṣāṣ , is probably unwarranted. Sīfawayh was credited with jokes and social comment, including i…

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Rosenthal, F., “Sīfawayh al-Ḳāṣṣ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7017>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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