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Al-Basāsīrī, Abū al-Ḥārith Arslān (d. 451/1060), a famous Turkish commander during the last years of the Būyid era, who for a while abolished the ʿAbbāsid caliphate of Baghdad and ruled Iraq in the name of the Fāṭimids. Some sources give him the title of ‘al-Muẓaffar’ (Ibn al-Jawzī, 16/56; Ibn al-Qalānisī, 87), while others call him Arslān al-Mustanṣirī because of his association with the Fāṭimid caliph al-Mustanṣir bi’llāh (r. 427–487/1036–1094) (al-Muʾayyad, 151). As his nisba al-Basāsīrī indicates, he was originally a slave whose first master was from the people o…

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Sajjadi, Sadeq, Hirtenstein, Stephen and Umar, Suheyl, “Al-Basāsīrī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 22 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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