Maslama b. ʿAbd al-Malik b. Marwān(732 words)

Rotter, G.

, son of the caliph ʿAbd al-Malik and one of the most imposing Umayyad generals, whose siege of Constaninople 98-9/716-18 earned him lasting fame. Like his uncle Muḥammad b. Marwān [q.v.], whom he succeeded in Asia Minor in many respects, he was, as the son of a slave-girl, excluded from the succession to the caliphate. His date of birth is unknown. He died on Muḥarram 121/24 December 738.

Starting in 86/705, the last year of his father’s reign, Maslama led the regular summer campaigns ( ṣawāʾif ), sometimes prolonged over the winter, into the Byzantine territo…

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Rotter, G.. "Maslama b. ʿAbd al-Malik b. Marwān." Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 24 July 2014 <>
First appeared online: 2012
First Print Edition: isbn: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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