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Al-Maʿarrī was one of the most famous poets of the Abbasid era, and known as something of a religious skeptic. He felt particularly sensitive to the suffering of animals, and in his Risālat al-ghufrān, 'Letter on forgiveness', he pursues the idea that animals, as well as humans, will be rewarded in the hereafter for the suffering they bore in earthly life. The compilation of biographical notices on al-Maʿarrī by Yūsuf al-Badīʿī is a convenient source of the poet's biography. It does not appear to be mentioned by other authors on al-Maʿarrī, either ancient or modern. The letter might have reflected the view that Christianity, like other religious traditions, was contrary to reason and the reality of human experience. It may have provided a unique opinion about the futility of Christian beliefs.

Keywords: Al-Ma'arri; Christianity; Risalat al-ghufran; Yusuf al-Badii



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