Nothing is known about the author of a polemical poem that was sent on behalf of the Byzantine emperor to the Muslim caliph in the mid-10th century, apart from what can be gleaned from the poem itself. The poem names this caliph as al-Muṭīʿ (r. 946-74), and the Muslim response names the emperor as Nicephorus Phocas (r. 963-69).
The author was evidently a native Arabic speaker, with a facility for poetical composition. The know…
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“Representative of Nicephorus Phocas”, in:
Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas.
Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-8054_cmri_COM_23229>