al- Mutanabbī

(d. 965)

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(d. 965)

Also known as Abu al-Tayyib Ahmad ibn al-Husayn. Generally considered the greatest Arabic poet. Born in Kufa, Iraq. Became known as al-Mutanabbi, “the would-be prophet,” after leading a Bedouin rebellion with religious shadings in 933. In his poetry are the greatest examples of pre-Islamic heroic motifs in the form of panegyrics during the Islamic era.

See also Sayf al-Dawlah, Abu al-Hasan Ali

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Islam.

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