Abu'l-Hasan Mihyar al-Daylami

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Abu'l-Hasan Mihyar al-Daylami (died 1037) was an Arabic-language poet of Daylamite origin during the Buyid period.[1] Mihyar's poetry was dominated by metaphor, and he wrote in various poetic genres including ghazal,[2] as well as writing elegies on Ali and Husayn ibn Ali.[2]

A former Zoroastrian, Mihyar was converted to Shia Islam by his teacher who was also poet.[1][2][3][4] Ibn Khallikan narrates that Mihyar was harshly rebuked by an acquaintance for reviling the companions of Muhammad.[1]

Ibn Khallikan, who said Mihyar's works were so high in number that it fills four volumes, opined that Mihyar's writings "displayed great delicacy of thought and a remarkable loftiness of mind."[1] However, Mihyar's poetic style was criticized for being "artificial and derivative."[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Ibn Khallikan's Biographical dictionary, 3 By Ibn Khallikan, pg. 517-520
  2. ^ a b c d Encyclopedia of Arabic literature, Volume 2 By Julie Scott Meisami, Paul Starkey, pg.525
  3. ^ A Literary History of Persia from the Earliest Times Until Firdawsh By Edward Granville Browne, pg. 207
  4. ^ The preaching of Islam: a history of the propagation of the Muslim faith By Sir Thomas Walker Arnold, pg. 180
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