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, a Berber dynasty of northern Africa, which ruled Ifrīḳīya for over three centuries (626—981 = 1228—1574). It took its name from S̲h̲aik̲h̲ Abū Ḥafṣ ʿOmar, chief of the Hintāta, one of the first disciples of Ibn Tūmart and one of ʿAbd al-Muʾmin’s most faithful lieutenants. [Cf. the article almohads, i. 317b]. His descendants enjoyed such esteem that, according to Ibn Ḵh̲aldūn, they alternated with the descendants of ʿAbd al-Muʾmin as governors of Spain, the Mag̲h̲rib and Ifrīḳīya. It thus came about that Abū Muḥammad b. Abī Ḥafṣ was appointed governor of Ifrīḳīya by the Calip…

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Yver, G., “Ḥafṣids”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 18 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_2608>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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