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Abdallah ibn al-Mu'tazz
عبد الله بن المعتز
Governor of Arminiyah
In office 866 – 867
Predecessor Al-Abbas ibn al-Musta'in (863–865)
Successor Abu'l-Saj Devdad
Born 861
Samarra, Abbasid Caliphate now Iraq
Died 17 December 908
Baghdad, Abbasid Caliphate
Burial Iraq
Relatives Al-Muntasir (uncle)
Al-Mutamid (uncle)
Al-Muwaffaq (uncle)
Al-Mu'tadid (cousin)
Full name
Abdallah ibn al-Mu'tazz ibn al-Mutawakkil ibn al-Mu'tasim ibn Harun al-Rashid
Dynasty Abbasid
Father Al-Mu'tazz
Mother Fatimah Khatun bint al-Fath ibn Khaqan
Religion Sunni Islam
  • Arabic poet
  • Author (the author of the Kitab al-Badi)
  • Politician

Abdallah ibn al-Mu'tazz (861 – 17 December 908) was the son of the caliph al-Mu'tazz and a political figure, but is better known as a leading Arabic poet and the author of the Kitab al-Badi, an early study of Arabic forms of poetry. This is considered one of the earliest works in Arabic literary theory and literary criticism.

Persuaded to assume the role of caliph of the Abbasid dynasty following the premature death of al-Muktafi, he succeeded in ruling for a single day and a single night, before he was forced into hiding, found, and then strangled in a palace intrigue that brought al-Muqtadir, then thirteen years old, to the throne

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