Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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al-Waʾwāʾ
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al-Dimas̲h̲ḳī, Abu ’l-Farad̲j̲ Muḥammad b. Aḥmad al-G̲h̲assānī, an Arab poet of the second rank of the time of the Ḥamdānid Saif al-Dawla [q. v.], who died, probably in Damascus, after the year 370 (980). Of his life we only know that he was a crier in the fruit-market in Damascus (on this Dār al-Biṭṭīk̲h̲ cf. H. Zaiyāt in Mach., xxvii., 1929, p. 762—764); whence probably his epithet (cf. Ibn Āwā, vulg. Syr.-Arab. wāwī, jackal; according to other statements = faʾfāʾ, stutterer, stammerer). Arab scholars usually reckon him in the circle of Saif al-Dawla. As he seems never t…

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Kratschkowsky, Ign., “al-Waʾwāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 03 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5985>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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