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ʿUrwa b. al-Ward
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, pre-Islamic ṣuʿlūk [q.v.] poet, from the ʿAbd Allāh b. Nās̲h̲ib family, from a clan of ʿAbs (Ibn al-Kalbī, D̲j̲amhara , Beirut 1968, 452). His mother, though purely Arab, seems to have attracted attacks from his contemporaries, as shown by ʿUrwa himself, who says that his family called him Ibn al-G̲h̲arība “son of the stranger”, and elsewhere he reproaches his father for a mésalliance .

Two groups of divergent traditions present an ambivalent portrait of the poet: on the one hand, he is a ṣuʿlūk, and on the other, he is the hero of a moving love story.

As a ṣuʿlūk, ʿUrwa was not one of the o…

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Arazi, A., “ʿUrwa b. al-Ward”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 04 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1304>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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