Ibn al-Rumi

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Ibn al-Rumi
ابن الرومي
Born 836
Baghdad, Abbasid Caliphate (now in Iraq)
Died 896
Baghdad, Iraq
Era Medieval era (Islamic Golden Age)
Region Iraq, Arab world, Muslim world
Main interests
Arabic poetry

Abu al-Hasan Ali ibn Abbas ibn Jurayj (Arabic: أبو الحسن علي بن العباس بن جريج‎), also known as Ibn al-Rumi (born Baghdad in 836; died 896), was the son of a Persian mother. By the age of twenty he earned a living from his poetry, which would culminate in his masterpiece Diwan. His many political patrons included the Tahirid ruler Ubaydallah ibn Abdallah ibn Tahir, Abbasid Caliph Al-Mu'tamid's minister the Persian Isma'il ibn Bulbul, and the politically influential Nestorian family Banu Wahb. He was a Shiite with Mutazilite leanings. He died of illness at the age of 59 although some[who?] have suggested that poison or suicide may have been the cause.


  • Gruendler, Beatrice (2003). Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry: Ibn Al-Rūmī and the Patron's Redemption. Routledge. ISBN 0-7007-1490-1.