ʿAmr b. al-Layth
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ʿAmr b. al-Layth was the second ruler of the Ṣaffārid dynasty, and the brother and successor of the dynasty’s founder Yaʿqūb b. al-Layth (r. 247–265/861–879; he had been a coppersmith, hence the title Ṣaffār). ʿAmr’s rule began in Shawwāl 265/May–June 879 after Yaʿqūb’s death, and lasted until his death in 289/902. According to the sources, ʿAmr came from a poor background, working as either a mason or muleteer. When Yaʿqūb functioned as an ʿayyār (irregular soldier or vigilante), ʿAmr accompanied him and was his trusted companion (al-Iṣṭakhrī, 142; ʿAwfī, 1/245, 2/412; Nöldeke, 195).


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Pezeshk, Manouchehr and Negahban, Farzin, “ʿAmr b. al-Layth”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0277>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 978-90-04-16860-2, 20080710, 978-90-04-17859-5, 20091123, 9789004191655, 20110912

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