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al-Ḥārith b. Murra al-ʿAbd
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al-Ḥārith b. Murra al-ʿAbdī (d. 42/662), one of the companions of Imam ʿAlī and one of the earliest Muslims to participate in the conquest of Sindh (a province in present-day Pakistan).

He was a member of the Banū ʿAbd al-Qays tribe, and it is from this that his nisba ‘al-ʿAbdī’ derives (for more on this nisba, see al-Samʿānī, 4/135). In the available sources, the earliest mention of him is during the caliphate of Imam ʿAlī in connection with the Battle of Ṣiffīn in 37/657, where he was given command of the left flank of ʿAlī’s infantry (Naṣr, 205; …

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Department of History, Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia and Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, “al-Ḥārith b. Murra al-ʿAbd”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_061039>
First published online: 2021

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