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Abū al-Khaṭṭāb
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Abū al-Khaṭṭāb, Muḥammad b. Abī Zaynab Miqlāṣ al-Asadī, who was given the title (laqab) ‘al-Barrād al-Ajdaʿ’, was one of the revolutionaries of the early ʿAbbāsid period. According to various sources, he was the founder of the extremist (ghālī) sect of the Khaṭṭābiyya. He was also considered one of the ‘abwāb’ (gates) of the sacred hierarchy of the Nuṣayriyya.

Al-Maqrīzī (al-Khiṭaṭ, 2/352) re…

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Ansari, Hassan and Translated by Rahim Gholami, “Abū al-Khaṭṭāb”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0096>
First published online: 2015

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