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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Abu Nuwas (d. ad 814), half Arab/half Persian, was court poet and close friend of the Abbasid Caliph al-Amīn (reigned ad 809–813). He was one of the greatest arab poets of classical Arabic/Islamic culture and, despite his eloquence in all the poetic genres, is remembered principally in the Arabic tradition for his wine poems (the Khamriyyāt).


  1. Kennedy, P., Abu Nuwas: A Genius of Poetry (Oxford, 2005).