Farazdaq, al-

(d. 728)

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(d. ca. 728)

Arab poet. Lived primarily in Basra, but his poetry retained Bedouin values and style. His panegyrics are regarded as his best work. His poems are among the last attempts to imitate pre-Islamic poetry. Had an eccentric personality and maintained a great literary rivalry with his contemporary Jarir ibn Atiyya. Probably held Alid sympathies.

Subjects: Islam.

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