al-Rabīʿ b. Yūnus
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b. ʿAbd Allāh b. Abī Farwa (so-called from his entering Medina with a fleece on his back), emancipated slave of al-Ḥārit̲h̲ al-Ḥaffār, himself the emancipated slave of ʿUt̲h̲mān b. ʿAffān [q.v.]. He was really a man of obscure origin, born in slavery at Medina about 112/730. He was bought by Ziyād b. ʿAbd Allāh al-Ḥārit̲h̲ī, who presented him to his master Abu ’l-ʿAbbās al-Saffāḥ, the first ʿAbbāsid caliph. All his life, he served, with varying fortune, three more ʿAbbāsid caliphs: al-Manṣūr, al-Mahdī and al-Hādī.

He reached the zenith of his power under al-Manṣūr (136-58/754-75 [q.v.])…

Cite this page
Atiya, A.S., “al-Rabīʿ b. Yūnus”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 13 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6158>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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