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.


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