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Mutanabbi, al-

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    Mutanabbi, al-

    (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

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