Al-Hariri of Basra

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Al-Hariri of Basra (Arabic: أبو محمد القاسم بن علي بن محمد بن عثمان الحريري, romanized: Abū Muhammad al-Qāsim ibn ʿAlī ibn Muhammad ibn ʿUthmān al-Harīrī; 1054 – 10 September 1122) was a poet belonging to the Beni Harram tribe of Bedouin Arabs, who lived and died in the city of Basra, modern Iraq. He was a scholar of the Arabic language and a dignitary of the Seljuk Empire, which ruled Iraq during his lifetime, from 1055 to 1135. He is known for his Maqamat al-Hariri (also known as the ‘'Assemblies of Hariri'’), a collection of some 50 stories written in the Maqama style, a mix of verse and literary prose. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Al-Hariri of Basra has received more than 141,758 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Al-Hariri of Basra is the 1,644th most popular writer (up from 1,897th in 2019), the 177th most popular biography from Iraq (up from 185th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Iraqi Writer.

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Notable Works

Durrat al-ghawwāṣ fī awhām al-khawāṣ
Arabic language, Syntax
[A treatise on solecisms.].
Kitāb al-maqāmāt al-adabīyah
Durrat al-ghawwāṣ fī awhām al-khawāṣṣ
Arabic language, Early works to 1800, Idioms, corrections, errors
The assemblies of al Ḥarîri
Arabic prose literature, Arabic Manuscripts, Maqamah
Neatly written copy of the fifty anecdotes written in rhymed prose (sajʻ) framed as encounters between two characters, al-Ḥarith ibn Hammām, the narrator, and Abū Zayd al-Sarūjī followed by al-Risālah al-shīnīyah (f. 126v) and al-Risālah al-sīnīyah (f. 127v).
African, Literature - Classics / Criticism


Among writers, Al-Hariri of Basra ranks 1,644 out of 7,302Before him are Alphonse Allais, Servius Sulpicius Rufus, Christian Morgenstern, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, Constantijn Huygens, and Andreas Gryphius. After him are Matteo Maria Boiardo, Clodia Pulchra, A. S. Byatt, Maria Valtorta, Theodore Sturgeon, and Baba Tahir.

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Among people born in 1054, Al-Hariri of Basra ranks 4Before him are Bohemond I of Antioch, Robert Curthose, and Arnulf III, Count of Flanders. After him are Sukjong of Goryeo, Berenguer Ramon II, Count of Barcelona, Judith of Swabia, and George II of Georgia. Among people deceased in 1122, Al-Hariri of Basra ranks 2Before him is Yejong of Goryeo. After him are Ilghazi, Al-Baghawi, Christina Ingesdotter of Sweden, Adelaide, Countess of Vermandois, Berthold III, Duke of Zähringen, Ottokar II of Styria, and Sybilla of Normandy.

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In Iraq

Among people born in Iraq, Al-Hariri of Basra ranks 177 out of 384Before him are Al-Mustanjid (1124), Al-Qadir (947), Abo of Tiflis (756), Dawud al-Zahiri (815), At-Ta'i (932), and Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid (882). After him are Rimush (null), Al-Muqtafi (1096), Ur-Nanshe (-2500), Al-Mu'tamid (844), Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi (1002), and Mahmud Shevket Pasha (1856).

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Among WRITERS In Iraq

Among writers born in Iraq, Al-Hariri of Basra ranks 13Before him are Ibn al-Jawzi (1116), Al-Mutanabbi (915), Ibn Sirin (653), Ibn Khallikan (1211), Ibn al-Nadim (1000), and Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi (718). After him are Al-Sharif al-Radi (970), Al-Farazdaq (641), Aphrahat (280), Abu-l-'Atahiya (748), Al-Asmaʿi (740), and Nazik Al-Malaika (1923).