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al-Akhtal EI [1] - al b al alt who died probably before...

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al- Ak ̲ h ̲ṭ al “the loquacious”, the sobriquet of the Arab poet G ̲ h ̲ iy t ā ̲ h ̲ b. G ̲ h ̲ awt ̲ h ̲ b. al- alt, who died probably before 92/710. He belonged to the great tribe of the Tag ̲ h ̲ lib [ q.v. ] of northern Syria, which remained entirely Christian, of the Monophysite persuasion. By his mother Layla he was connected to another Christian tribe, that of Iy d ā . He was born either at ra ī (see Ag ̲ h ̲ n ā ī 1 , vii, 170), or near Rus fa (Sergiopolis); his date ā of birth is uncertain, but may have been about 20/640. He remained a Christian all his life, and was unmoved by the efforts of prominent members of the Umayyad dynasty to convert him to Islam . Although a Monophysite, he maintained good relations with the Melkite family of the Sard ̲ j ̲ n. In his poetry, certain features ū prove his zeal for his faith and even indicate a certain ostentation in asserting it (see D w n ī ā , passim). His moral standards, however, do not seem to have differed markedly from those of the society in which he lived. He repudiated his wife and married a divorced woman. He seems to have been a heavy drinker, passing his time in taverns in the company of singing-girls of easy virtue. All his life al-Ak ̲ h ̲ṭ al followed the fortunes of the reigning dynasty. During the reign of Mu wiya, he became embroiled in political affairs. He was the close companion ʿā of Yaz d I, whom he lauded in his panegyrics, and of other men of ī rank such Ziy d ā and al- ad ̲ j ̲ d ̲ j ̲ j. Under Abd al-Malik, he actually became official poet to the ā ʿ Caliph (see Ag ̲ h ̲ n ā ī 1 , xii, 172-6). He remained in the service of the successors of Abd al-
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