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żantarah Ibn Shaddd

żAntarah ibn Shaddd was one of the most famous warrior-poets of pre-Islamic Arabia. A semi-legendary hero from the sixth century AD, żAntarah was born into slavery as the son of an Arab father and an African mother. Many of his poems are about his love for żAblah, daughter of the tribe's shaykh--a love thwarted by his low social status.

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