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Kaʿb b. Ḏj̲uʿayl al-Tag̲h̲labī
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, a minor Arab poet of the 1st/7th century whom Ibn Sallām ( Ṭabaḳāt , 485-9) places in the 3rd rank of Islamic poets. His genealogy varies with the different authors (Ibn al-Kalbī-Caskel, Tab. 165, no doubt provides the most accurate one), and very little is known of his life. Probably born during the earliest years of the Hid̲j̲ra , he made his appearance at the time of the battle of Ṣiffīn (37/657) as an intimate of Muʿāwiya, of whom, like most of the Tag̲h̲lib [q.v.], he was a passionate supporter. The conflict with ʿAlī inspired him to write a number of poems, in particular…

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Pellat, Ch., “Kaʿb b. Ḏj̲uʿayl al-Tag̲h̲labī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3731>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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