In the fifth/eleventh century, al-Khatib al-Baghdadi makes a good attempt at demolishing al-SuH's reputation in his biographical notice in Tayrlkh Baghdad (Cairo, 1349/1931, 3: 42ff.), highlighting his unreliability as a traditionist due to his despicable reliance on books (Toorawa, p. 24); still, despite all of al-Suli's shortcomings, his biography in Tayrkh Baghdad is quite long and includes samples of his poetry as well as a few entertaining stories, providing an implicit acknowledgment of his importance as a scholar. Toorawa offers an explanation which forms part of his general argument: he stresses how Ibn Abi Tahir does not seem to have been patronized or associated with the court, nor do his works display an interest in "creating or sustaining a cult of Arabic linguistic and cultural purity" (p. 3); thus, he represented a new type of intellectual, the professional bookman (warraq).
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