Ali Ibn Al-Jahm Al-Sami

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Ali Ibn Al-Jahm Al-Sami


Born about 804; died 863. Arabian poet.

Al-Sami was born into a noble family and received a broad education. While at the court of Baghdad, al-Sami made many enemies in the entourage of the caliph al-Mutawakkil through his venomous epigrams. This resulted in the poet’s imprisonment and exile (852–855). His satirical verses and panegyric qasidas have survived. He was also the author of a versified chronicle of the Arabian caliphs.


Khalil Mardam-Bak. Diwan Ali ibn al-Jahm. Damascus, 1949.
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