Alternate names/spellings: Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī

Dates: 756 - 814 () 

Abū Nuwās (756-814 CE) was born in Persia to a Persian mother and Arabic father. He is one of the most respected classical poets of the Arabic language, though he did compose in Persian on occasion. He is known for writing on topics considered shocking in Islamic culture and was often the center of controversy for his work.