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Al-Walīd ibn Ubaidillah Al-Buḥturī
أبو الوليد بن عبيدالله البحتري التنوخي
A 1967 sketch is poet Buhturi by unknown artist from the book "Min Oyun al-Shi'r"by Naji al-Qashtini
A 1967 sketch is poet Buhturi by unknown artist from the book "Min Oyun al-Shi'r"by Naji al-Qashtini
Born 821
Manbij, Bilad al-Sham, Abbasid Caliphate (now Syria)
Died 897
Manbij, Abbasid Caliphate
Resting place Manbij
Pen name Al-Buhturi
Occupation Arabic Poet
Language Arabic
Nationality Caliphate
Period Islamic Golden Age
(Abbasid era)

Al-Walīd ibn Ubaidillah Al-Buḥturī (Arabic: أبو الوليد بن عبيدالله البحتري التنوخي, romanized: al-Walīd ibn `Ubayd Allāh al-Buhturī) (821–97 AD; 206–48 AH) was an Arab poet born at Manbij in Islamic Syria, between Aleppo and the Euphrates. Like Abū Tammām (ابو تمام), he was of the tribe of Tayy, from the Buhturids.

Biography

While still young, al-Buḥturī visited Abū Tammām at Homs, on whose recommendation the authorities at Ma'arrat an-Nu'man awarded al-Buḥturī an annual pension of 4000 dirhams. Later he went to Baghdād, where he wrote verses in praise of the caliph al-Mutawakkil and of the members of his court. Although long resident in Baghdād, he devoted much of his poetry to the praise of Aleppo, and his love-poetry dedicated to a girl, Aiwa, of that city. He died at Manbij in 897.

His dīwan (collected poetry) was edited and published twice in the 10th century. First by Abū Bakr al-Ṣūlī, in the section of whose book Kitāb Al-Awrāq (كتاب الاوراق) on Muḥadathūn (modern poets), al-Buḥturī is included among a group of fourteen poets whose dīwans al-Ṣūlī edited and arranged alphabetically according to the final consonant in each line. The second editor arranged his dīwan according to subject (1883, Istanbul). Like Abu Tammam, he made a collection of early poems also known as the Hamasah. These collections of poems are also known as Diwans.

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