4. Al-Akhṭal
(1,220 words)

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While the offspring of the Islamic aristocracy that had stayed behind in Mecca and Medina pursued amorous adventures in inglorious passivity, jangling their languishing songs on the fashionable lute, the war against the infidels was raging along the borders. Furthermore, there was also civil war in Mesopotamia and Iraq as well as the never-ending strife between the various Arab tribes. The…

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Carl Brockelmann, “4. Al-Akhṭal”, 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_113040>
First published online: 2017

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