6. Jarīr
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Abū Ḥazra Jarīr b. ʿAṭiyya b. al-Khaṭafā, of the tribe of Kulayb, a subdivision of the Tamīm, was born in Iraq during the reign of ʿAlī. The story goes that in his early childhood he wrote a poem in which he criticised his father for his meanness, and which was then appropriated by the crown prince Yazīd to use it against his own father. When he came to power Yazīd is said to have rewarded the poet sumptuously for this. However, it was not long before Jarīr got involved in h…

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Carl Brockelmann, “6. Jarīr”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_113060>
First published online: 2017

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