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ʿAbd al- Raḥmān
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, the name of the Marwānid prince who restored the Umayyad dynasty in al-Andalus, and of four of his successors.

1. ʿAbd al-Raḥmān I, called al-Dāk̲h̲il , ‘the Immigrant’, was the son of Muʿāwiya b. His̲h̲ām [q.v.]. When his relatives were being hunted down by the ʿAbbāsids, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān, still a youth—he was born in 113/731—contrived to escape secretly to Palestine, whence, accompanied by his freedman Badr, he made his way first to Egypt, and then to Ifrīḳiya. At Ḳayrawān, the hostile attitude of the governor, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. Ḥabīb, drove him to seek refuge in the Mag̲h̲rib. …

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Lévi-Provençal, E., “ʿAbd al-Raḥmān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0006>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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