al-ʿAbbās b. ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib
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, with the kunya Abu ’l-Faḍl, half-brother of Muḥammad’s father, his mother being Nutayla bint Ḏj̲anāb of al-Namir. The ʿAbbāsid dynasty took its name from him, being descended from his son ʿAbd Allāh. Consequently there was a tendency for historians under the ʿAbbāsids to glorify him, and in his case it is particularly difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. He was a merchant and financier, more prosperous than his half-brother Abū Ṭālib, who, in return for the extinction of a debt, surrendered to him the office of providing pilgrims to Mecca with water ( siḳāya ) and perhaps also …

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Watt, W. Montgomery, “al-ʿAbbās b. ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib”, 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_0017>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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