ʿOmar (Abū Ḏj̲aʿfar) b. Ḥafṣ
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was appointed governor of the province of Ifrīḳiya by the ʿAbbāsid caliph al-Manṣūr in 151 (768). He belonged to a family which in the time of the Umaiyads had furnished a number of high officials to the state. One of his uncles, al-Muhallab b. Abī Ṣufra, had attained fame as governor of Ḵh̲urāsān under ʿAbd al-Mālik b. Marwān. ʿOmar whose bravery was celebrated had himself held a command in the eastern provinces: he had been given the Persian epithet of Hazarmerd “1,000 men”.

The difficult situation in Ifrīḳiya at the time justified the choice of an energetic governor. Barba…

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Marçais, G., “ʿOmar (Abū Ḏj̲aʿfar) b. Ḥafṣ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3556>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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