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Ibn Ḥamdīs
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Abū Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Jabbār b. Abī Bakr b. Muḥammad b. Ḥamdīs al-Azdī al-Ṣiqillī (b. c.447/1055, d. c.527/1133), known as Ibn Ḥamdīs, was an Arab-Sicilian poet renowned for his rootlessness and his life-long sentiment, expressed in his poetry, of longing for home (ghurba).

Ibn Ḥamdīs contextualised most of his poems in personal and historic terms (Ibn Ẓāfir, 71), providing in his dīwān (collected poetry) a primary source on his life. He was born in Noto, near Syracuse, Sicily, to a wealthy family that traced its lineage to the Banū Azd of Yemen. Followin…

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Gómez García, Luz, “Ibn Ḥamdīs”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30800>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4

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