Abbas Ibn Al-Ahnaf


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Abbas Ibn Al-Ahnaf

 

Born about 750, in Baghdad; died about 808, in Baghdad. Arabian lyric poet.

Al-Ahnaf enjoyed the special favor of the caliph Harun al-Rashid. He wrote elegiac amatory poetry (ghazals) in the style of the so-called new school, which disregarded the canons of pre-Islamic poetry. His elegant verses, which suffer from a certain conventionalism and monotony of theme, were set to music and performed by court singers.

REFERENCES

Hell, J. “Al-Abbas ibn al Ahnaf, der Minnesánger am Hofe Harün ar-Rašid‘s,” Islamica, 1926, vol. 2, no. 2.
Torrey, C. C. “The story of El-Abbas ibn El-Ahnaf and His Fortunate Verses” Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1893, vol. 16.
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Abbas ibn al-Ahnaf es otro poeta sobresaliente de Bagdad, cuya obra se caracteriza por el tema del amor cortes, ligada a la poesia trovadoresca de Occidente; sus versos aparecen tambien en algunos pasajes de Las mil y una noches; Fawz es el nombre de su mujer ideal, a la cual le dedica estos versos: "Aceptad mi amor, que os he entregado, y retribuidme aun con repulsa, que es cual si fuera amor.