4. Ḥassān b. Thābit
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was born in Yathrib, later Medina, and belonged to the tribe of Khazraj. In his youth he had tried his luck as a wandering poet, in both al-Ḥīra and Damascus. |³⁸ When the Messenger of God settled in his own hometown as a ruler, Ḥassān b. Thābit soon made himself indispensable as a court poet. Even though, at heart, Muḥammad had a strong aversion to poets and their art, |³² because they often were a part of the delegations to Medina by which individual Arab tri…

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Carl Brockelmann, “4. Ḥassān b. Thābit”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_112040>
First published online: 2017

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