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Abū Ḥayya al-Numayrī
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Al-Haytham b. al-Rabīʿ Abū Ḥayya al-Numayrī was an Arab poet of the Banū Numayr, who lived in the late Umayyad period in Basra and probably died some time between 158/775 and 180/796. (Ibn al-Muʿtazz, Ṭabaqāt al-shuʿarāʾ, 146, says that he died about 210/825, but this date is obviously wrong.) The sources do not yield any clear facts about his life but abound with anecdotes about his personal weaknesses, including that he was an epileptic, a liar, and a coward. His poems, however, which are of the classical Bedouin type, were hig…

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Weipert, Reinhard, “Abū Ḥayya al-Numayrī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 26 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0027>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161641, 2007, 2007-3

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