Dik al-Jinn
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Dīk al-Jinn was the sobriquet of Abū Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Salām b. Raghbān al-Ḥimṣī (b. 161/778, d. 235–6/849–51), an Arab poet who was born in Ḥimṣ and spent his whole life there, never leaving Syria.

The reason for his nickname—dīk al-jinn is the name of a small creeping insect—remains obscure (see his Dīwān, ed. al-Ḥajjī, 6f., for four traditional and rather far-fetched explanations). His personality and his life are likewise little known, because the sources are ambiguous: On the one hand we have Dīk al-Jinn the libertine and debauchee, who enjo…

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Weipert, Reinhard, “Dik al-Jinn”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_26025>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004209831, 2011, 2011-4

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