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ʿAbd Allāh b. al-Zubayr
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ʿAbd Allāh b. al-Zubayr, Abū Bakr or Abū Ḥabīb (2–73/624–692), a major figure in early Islamic history. He declared himself caliph, and for a while he was recognised as such by the opponents of the Umayyads in various parts of the Islamic territories.

His father, al-Zubayr b. al-ʿAwwām, who is regarded as one of the most famous Companions of the Prophet, was from the Qurayshī clan of Banū Asad (see Ibn Qudāma, 255). ʿAbd Allāh was the first person to be born in Medina to the Emigrants from Mecca (muhājirūn) (Khalīfa, 1/25; al-Ṭabarī, 2/389, 400, 401; Ibn ʿAsākir, 28/145 ff.). His mo…

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Bahramian, Ali and Translated by Hassan Lahouti, “ʿAbd Allāh b. al-Zubayr”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0049>
First published online: 2015



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