5. Al-Farazdaq
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Hammām b. Ghālib b. Ṣaʿṣaʿa Abu ʼl-Firās, nicknamed al-Farazdaq (the flat-bread), from the Dārim tribe, a subdivision of the Tamīm, was born towards the end of the reign of ʿUmar, in the year 20/641. His father, and especially his grandfather, were famous for their generosity, which for Ṣaʿṣaʿa was a means to eradicate the barbarous custom of disposing of newborn girls.1 Soon after the Battle of the Camel in the year 36/6562 his father was able to present him…

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Carl Brockelmann, “5. Al-Farazdaq”, 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_113050>
First published online: 2017

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