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Abū Tammām
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Abū Tammām Ḥabīb b. Aws al-Ṭāʾī (d. 231/845 or 232/846) was a poet and anthologist who collected earlier poetry and merged its elements into his own modern, abstract style, which became popular with the elite. His work accentuated the rift between the “ancients” and the “moderns” and fueled the first debates in the nascent genre of poetic criticism. He was born in 188/804 (or 190/806) in Jāsim, between Damascus and Tiberias, and spent his youth in al-Fusṭāṭ as a water carrier in the Friday mosque…

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Gruendler, Beatrice, “Abū Tammām”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0035>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161641, 2007, 2007-3

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