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Abū al-Sarāyā
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Abū al-Sarāyā, Sarī b. Manṣūr al-Shaybānī (d. 10 Rabīʿ I 200/18 October 815), known as Abū al-Sarāyā, was the military commander of the rebellion led by Ibn Ṭabāṭabā against al-Maʾmūn, the ʿAbbāsid caliph.

Although there are several near-contemporary sources available, it is difficult to give a reliable account of his career or the reasons why he participated in the rebellion in Kūfa. One of the most important of the sources available is Abū al-Faraj al-Iṣfahānī's Maqātil al-Ṭālibiyyīn, in which he quotes Naṣr b. Muzāḥim (d. 212/827), who witnessed the rebellion and was…

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Bahramian, Ali and Translated by Mansur Sana'i, “Abū al-Sarāyā”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0209>
First published online: 2015

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