Single poems of four of theseAmru-ul-Qais, Tarafa, Zuhair and `Antara - appear in the JIo`allakat (q.v.).
Mahomet's relation to the poets generally was one of antagonism because of their influence over the Arabs and their devotion to the old religion and customs. Ka`b ibn Zuhair, however, first condemned to death, then pardoned, later won great favour for himself by writing a panegyric of the Prophet (ed.
AlMansur, however, pardoned him on the intercession of his fellowtribesman Musayyab ibn Zuhair of Dabba, and appointed him the instructor in literature of his son, afterwards the caliph al-Mandi.
Zuhair al-Azdi, 173 (7~o).
Zuhair al Dabbl, 176177 (792 Isl~ b.
654; Bah aldin Zuhair, encomiast of al-Salib, d.
Beha ud-din Zuhair >>
The poem has little literary value, being an imitation of Ka`b ibn Zuhair's poem in praise of Mahomet, but its history has been unique (cf.
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