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abū muḥammad maʿdīkarib b. ḳays b. maʿdīkarib , of the clan of al-Ḥārit̲h̲ b. Muʿāwiya, a chief of Kindain Ḥaḍramawt. The nickname, by which he is most commonly known, means “with unkempt or dishevelled hair”; he is also called, but less frequently, al-As̲h̲ad̲j̲d̲j̲ , “the scar-faced”, and ʿUrf al-Nār , said to be a South-Arabian term for “traitor”. In earlier life he led an expedition against the tribe of Murād, who had murdered his father, but was taken prisoner and had to pay 3000 camels for his ransom. In 10/631 he was leader of the delegation ( wafd ) which offered the submission of …

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Reckendorf, H., “al-As̲h̲ʿat̲h̲”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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