5. Kaʿb b. Zuhayr
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had inherited his talent as a poet from his father (see p. 15). He flourished during the time Islam conquered the whole of Arabia in its unstoppable, victorious march. Both his tribe, Muzayna, and his brother Bujayr adopted the new faith, and as such the poet made fun of this in mocking verse. When Muḥammad learned of this he pronounced the death sentence on him. In order not to fall victim to a random fanatic, Kaʿb now had to obtain the Prophet’s pardon at any price. |³³|³⁹ Th…

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Carl Brockelmann, “5. Kaʿb b. Zuhayr”, 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_112050>
First published online: 2017

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