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ʿAlī W. Ḥalīb
(153 words)

d. before 1790, and his son, AL-ḤĀJJ b. ʿALĪ w. ḤALĪB.


Qurashī Muḥammad Ḥasan (1968), ii, 226-45, examples of the father’s poetry; idem (1977), 34-37 and 100.


The father from al-Kanīsa seems to have been the first prominent poet of madāʾiḥ to have emerged among the Shāyqiyya. He was one of the teachers of Ḥājj al-Māḥī (q.v.) who noted his skill on the rabāba. Originally a worldly poet, he later turned to praise of the Prophet.

The following two poems are by the son.


1. al-Salāma.

Opens: al-Shōq lē al-fī Ṭayba.

In praise o…

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“ʿAlī W. Ḥalīb”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 21 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2016

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