Kuthayyir ibn ‘Abd al-Raḥman (c. 660 c. 723), commonly known as Kuthayyir ‘Azzah (Arabic: كثيّر عزّة) was an Arab 'Udhri poet of the Umayyad period from the tribe of Azd.[1] He was born in Medina and resided in Hijaz and Egypt. In his poems he was occupied with his unfullfilled love to a married woman named 'Azza. Favorite topics in his poetry are love and panegyrics. He made acquaintance of the governor 'Abd al-'Aziz ibn Marwan and the caliphs Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz and Yazid II.[2] He is mentioned as one of the followers of the now-extinct Kaysaniyya sect of Shi'ism, which held that Ali's third son Muhammad ibn Al-Hanafiyya would return as the Mahdi.[3]


  1. Ibn Khallikan. wafayat alayan p. 524. alwarraq edition.
  2. Starkey and Meisami. Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature, Routledge, 1998.
  3. Michael G. Morony Iraq After the Muslim Conquest. p. 491-492.

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