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Kaʿb b. Zuhair
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, son of the celebrated poet and author of a Muʿallaḳa, Zuhair b. Abī Salmā, and of Kabs̲h̲a bint ʿAmmār. Poetic talent seems to have been one of the privileges of the family, for, not to speak of Kaʿb and his father, we have verses by eleven of its members, including the famous Tumād̲h̲ir (al-Ḵh̲ansā). We do not know the date of his birth; he was the eldest of three brothers, the other two being Bud̲j̲air and Sālim. Traditions, more than suspicious, report that he early gave proof of his poetic talents, …

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Basset, R., “Kaʿb b. Zuhair”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 14 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3754>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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