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Maʿn b. Aws
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Maʿn b. Aws was an excellent early Islamic poet of the Muzayna tribe—hence his nisba al-Muzanī (apparently born in pre-Islamic times, died around or after 64/683–4). Maʿn was presumably a native of the area south of Medina, a territory inhabited by his tribe, where he owned some land, palm trees, and cattle. Besides repeatedly visiting Medina and Mecca, he travelled more than once to Basra and Syria to engage in trade. He is said to have married a Syrian woman named Thawr, as well as Laylā, a wealthy woman of…

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Papoutsakis, Nefeli, “Maʿn b. Aws”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_36142>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 9789004413443, 2020, 2020-2

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