Abū Manşūr al-Tha'ālibī, Abd al-Mālik ibn Muḥammad ibn Ismā’īl (أبو منصور الثعالبي، عبد الملك بن محمد بن إسماعيل), (961–1038), was a writer of Persian or Arab ethnicity, native of Nishapur, Persia, famous for his anthologies and collections of epigrams. As a writer of prose and verse in his own right, distinction between his and the work of others is sometimes lacking, as was the practice of writers of the time.
Among twenty-nine known works are:
- Kitāb Yatīmat al-dahr fı mahāsin ahl al-ʿasṛ; is his best known work and contains valuable extracts from the poetry of his own and earlier times, arranged according to the poets' nationality.(Damascus, 4 vols., 1887).
- Kitāb Fiqh ul-Lugha; lexicographical dictionary arranged by semantic subject. (Paris, 1861), (Cairo, 1867), (Beirut, 1885 - incomplete).
- Kitāb Lata'if al-ma'arif (tr. 'Book of curious and entertaining information' Clifford Edmund Bosworth, Edinburgh University Press, 1968).
- Kitāb al-Kināya wa-l-taʿrīd aw al-Nihāya fī fann al-kināya (ed. F. al-Ḥawwār, Baghdad & Köln: Manshūrāt al-Jamal, 2006).
- Brockelmann, Carl (1898), Geschichte der Arabischen Literatur, i, Weimar, pp. 284–286
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Thatcher, Griffithes Wheeler (1911). "Tha'ālibī". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 716.
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