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Abu ’l-Fatḥ al-Daylamī
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al-ḥusayn b. nāṣir b. al-ḥusayn , al-nāṣir li-dīn allāh , Zaydī Imām. There are some variants in the sources in regard to his own, his father’s and his grandfather’s personal names. He belonged to a Hasanid family which had been prominent in Abhar for some generations. Nothing is known about his life before he came to the Yaman after 429/1038 claiming the Zaydī imāmate. He gained some tribal support in northern Yaman and established himself in the Ẓāhir Hamdān region where he built the fortress and town of Ẓafār [q.v.] near Dhū Bīn. In 437/1045-6 he entered and pillaged Ṣaʿda, the s…

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Madelung, W., “Abu ’l-Fatḥ al-Daylamī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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