Abu Tammam

(redirected from Abo Tammam)
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Abu Tammam


Born about 796 in the village of Jasim, near Damascus; died 845. Arab poet and collector of ancient poetry. His divan of verses contains poetic cycles (elegiac, panegyric, satiric, ascetic). He assembled several collections of poems, including Kitab al-Khamasa—an anthology of the best verses from the pre-Islamic to the Abbasid periods. His small Khamsa and the collection Ikhtiyar al-shuara al-fukhul —selected qasidas of pre-Islamic and Islamic poets—are also preserved. His other works are known only by their titles.


Divan, 4th ed. Beirut, 1934.
Divan al-Khamasa, Commentary by al-Tibrisi, vols. 1–2. Cairo, 1955.


Krymskii, A. Khamasa Abu Tammama Taiskogo, vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1912.
Abu Bekr al-Suli. Akhbar Abi Tammam. Cairo, 1919.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.