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ʿAmr b. al-ʿĀṣ
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ʿAmr b. al-ʿĀṣ, Abū ʿAbd Allāh (d. the eve of ʿĪd al-Fiṭr 43/6 January 664), was one of the most famous political figures of the first half of the first Islamic century. His kunya is also recorded as Abū Muḥammad. He was from the Banū Sahm branch of the Quraysh, hence his nisba al-Sahmī (al-Sadūsī, 87; Ibn al-Kalbī, Jamhara, 100, 104; al-Zubayrī, 400, 408–409; Ibn ʿAbd al-Barr, 3/1184). His father, al-ʿĀṣ b. Wāʾil, was considered an important member of the Quraysh and is mentioned in connection with certain events before the advent of Islam (Ibn Ḥabīb, al-Muḥabbar, 170; idem, al-Munammaq, 172…

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Bahramian, Ali and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “ʿAmr b. al-ʿĀṣ”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0275>
First published online: 2015

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