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Abu Tammam


ABU TAMMAM (Habib ibn Aus) (807-846), Arabian poet, was born in Jasim (Josem), a place to the north-east of the Sea of Tiberias or near Manbij (Hierapolis). He died in Mosul. Abu Tammam is best known as the compiler of the collection of early poems known as the Hamdsa (q.v.). Two other collections of a similar nature are ascribed to him. His own poems have been somewhat neglected owing to the success of his compilations. His poems (Diwdn) were published in Cairo (A.D. 1875).

See Life in Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, trans. by MG. de Slane (Paris and London, 1842), vol. i. pp: 348 ff. ; and in the Kitdb ul-Aghdni (Book of Songs) of Abulfaraj (Bulaq, 1869), vol. xv. pp. ioo—Io8, also D. S. Margoliouth, "Indices to the Diwan of Abu Tammam" in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1905).