Antarah (Antar) Ibn Shaddad (525 - 615 / Najd)
'Antarah Ibn Shaddad al-'Absi was a pre-Islamic Arabian hero and poet (525-608) famous both for his poetry and his adventurous life. What many consider his best or chief poem is contained in the Mu'allaqat. The account of his life forms the basis of a long and extravagant romance.
Antarah was born in Najd (northern Saudi Arabia). He was the son of Shaddad, a well-respected member of the Arabian tribe of Banu Abs, his mother was named Zabibah, an Ethiopian woman, whom Shaddad had enslaved after a tribal war. The tribe neglected Antara at first, and he grew up in servitude. Although it was fairly obvious that Shaddad was his father. He was considered one ... more »
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- Antarah Pours Out His Heart
- O, dwellings tell me; where your inhabit...
- The eyelids of maidens
- The Ode of Ántara (Alternate Translation...
- The Poem of Antar