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, called ʿAbd Bani ’l-Ḥasḥās, meaning the slave of the Banu ’l-Ḥasḥās (Asad, the clan Nufāsa b. Saʿīd b. ʿAmr of the Banū Dūdān), a slave-poet of the muk̲h̲aḍram who lived in Medina during the reign of ʿUt̲h̲mān b. ʿAffān. He is not to be confused with his namesake Suḥaym b. Wat̲h̲īl al-Riyāḥī, a Tamīmī with a pure pedigree (as noted in the work of Ibn S̲h̲ākir al-Kutubī, Fawāt al-wafayāt , Cairo 1951, i, 338).

The traditions concerning him are very contradictory and it is difficult to put together even an approximate biography of the poet. The only dateable event is h…

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Arazi, A., “Suḥaym”, 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 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7136>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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