Abu Nuwas

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Abu Nuwas

Abu Nuwas (756–814), Arab poet; Libertine pederast, lived in Baghdad during the reigns of Caliphs Harun al-Rashid and Muhammad al-Amin. His poetry describes a life of debauchery, wine, boys and women.


  • You, mad to expect repentance,
    Tear your robe all you want;
    I will never repent!
    • Diwan, 11–12.
  • I bought abandon dear
    And sold all piety for pleasure.
    My own free spirit I have followed,
    And never will I give up lust.
    • Diwan, 164.

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