Antarah (Antar) Ibn Shaddad

(525 - 615 / Najd)

Antarah (Antar) Ibn Shaddad
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'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.

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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 of the ... more »

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  • Rookie Franklin Haney (5/3/2008 5:57:00 PM)

    I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR AN IMAGE OF ANTAR. WHARE CAN I FIND ONE THAT I COULD COMPARE WITH A STATUE THAT I HAVE WHICH IS MORE THAN 80 YEARS OLD?

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Best Poem of Antarah (Antar) Ibn Shaddad

The Poem Of Antar

Have the poets left in the garment a place for a patch to be patched by me; and did you know the abode of your beloved after reflection?2

The vestige of the house, which did not speak, confounded thee, until it spoke by means of signs, like one deaf and dumb.

Verily, I kept my she-camel there long grumbling, with a yearning at the blackened stones, keeping and standing firm in their own places.

It is the abode of a friend, languishing in her glance, submissive in the embrace, pleasant of smile.

Oh house of 'Ablah situated at Jiwaa, talk with me about those who ...

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