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Nābig̲h̲a al-Ḏh̲ubyānī
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, a famous poet of the pre-Muḥammadan period. His real name was Ziyād b. Muʿāwiya and he belonged to the tribe of Ḏh̲ubyān. He probably flourished in the second half of the century which preceded Muḥammad and died shortly before the beginning of Islām. Caussin de Perceval (Histoire des Arabes, 2nd ed., ii. 502) puts the date of his birth in 535 a. d. and Father Cheikho (Poètes arabes chrétiens, p. 640) dates his death in 604 a. d. These dates however can only be conjectural.

The surname Nābig̲h̲a has been variously interpreted by Arab writers. According to some, our poet was so c…

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Chemoul, Maurice, “Nābig̲h̲a al-Ḏh̲ubyānī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 29 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3378>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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