7. Dhu ’l-Rumma
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Ghaylān b. ʿUqba, nicknamed Dhu ʼl-Rumma, belonged to the tribe of the Banū ʿAdī. Although he generally led a nomadic existence as a Bedouin, he also came to Basra and Kufa from time to time, which is why he was considered to have been half-urbanised. From his life we know little more than the fact that he was in love with Mayya—which must have lasted for 20 years—and al-Kharqāʾ, that he w…

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Carl Brockelmann, “7. Dhu ’l-Rumma”, 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_113070>
First published online: 2017

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