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al-Ballanūbī
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Abū l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. Abī Bishr (al-Naḥwī) al-Anṣārī al-Kātibī al-Ballanūbī al-Ṣiqillī (d. c.470/1078), born in Sicily, made his name as a poet at the Fāṭimid court in Egypt. He apparently came from Ballanūba (Villanova), in Sicily. Yāqūt, in his geographic dictionary, in the entry on Ballanūba, mentions both al-Ballanūbī and his brother ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz, who originated from the same little Sicilian village, and includes one of the latter’s poems (Yāqūt, 1:491). ʿAlī b. Abī Bishr left Sicily af…

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Schippers, Arie, “al-Ballanūbī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25316>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4



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