Abu Mansur Abd al-Malik ibn Muhammad al- Thaalibi

(d. 1038)

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(d. 1038)

Renowned Arabic writer of the premodern era. From the Iranian province of Khurasan. Of the numerous works attributed to him, those generally considered authentic include anthologies of Arabic literature; philological discussions of grammar, lexicography, and literary tropes; and compilations of entertaining anecdotes from Islamic political and cultural history intended for the lettered society. Left a lasting mark on the history of Arabic literature through his critical literary taste, exemplified in a widely emulated multivolume biographical anthology of poets and artistic writers that was intended as a comprehensive survey of the Arabic Islamic world during the preceding decades.

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