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ʿAbbāsiyya
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ʿAbbāsiyya is the name given to several different cities, small towns and ancient villages in the Muslim world. The best-known of them is in North Africa, near al-Qayrawān, and was built by Ibrāhīm b. al-Aghlab, the founder of the Aghlabid dynasty. According to al-Balādhurī (1/233–234), a city of this name was originally established by ʿUmar b. Ḥafṣ b. ʿUthmān al-Muhallabī, known as ‘one thousand men’, who had been appointed by the ʿAbbāsid caliph al-Manṣūr to rule Ifrīqiya; in the course of fig…

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Department of History and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “ʿAbbāsiyya”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0022>
First published online: 2015



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