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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  • 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

Antarah Pours Out His Heart

My sin against Ablah is beyond remission;
Became obvious when the morning of life
Lent streaks of its white shafts
To my hair, turning it gray.
My own Ablah pierced my heart with arrows,
Shot from her white-corona, black-iris eyes;
Accurately hitting the mark!
How amazing! Arrows projected from eyelids
With no string or bow, ever scoring, never missing
I have kept faith with my fellow tribesmen
Protected their honor
Often curbing my passion
For their playful and modest girls.
Such mild and gentle beauties!
Make tender branches envious
Of their ...

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