Zuhayr Ibn Abi Sulma

Zuhayr Ibn Abi Sulma


(also, Rabiya al-Muzani). Born 530; died 627. Arab poet of the bedouin Hatafan tribe.

Zuhayr is best known for his qasida on the nobility of the two Arabs who ended a 40-years’ war between the kindred Abs and Zubiyan tribes. Included in the collection al-Muallagat, the qasida is considered one of the best works of pre-Islamic poetry. It differs from other pre-Islamic qasidas in its epic narrative manner. It contains many wise precepts.


The Divans of the Six Ancient Arabic Poets. Edited by W. Ahlwardt. London, 1870.


Krymskii, A. E.Arabskaia literatura v ocherkakh i obraztsakh, vol. 1. Moscow, 1911.
Brockelmann, C. Geschichte der arabischen Literatur, vol. 1, 2nd ed. Leiden, 1943.
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