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, Mālik b. al-Ḥārit̲h̲ al-Nak̲h̲aʿī, warrior and political agitator of the time of the Caliph ʿUt̲h̲mān and supporter of ʿAlī. He was surnamed al-As̲h̲tar, “the man with inverted eyelids”, as the result of a wound received at the battle of the Yarmūk (15/636). He distinguished himself by his boldness in the campaign against the Byzantines and even dared to venture beyond Darb in enemy territory (see Caetani, Annali , index). He was one of the most persistent agitators against the Caliph ʿUt̲h̲mān and the ruling class of the period and defended the rights—or the claims—of the warriors to the f…

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Veccia Vaglieri, L., “al-As̲h̲tar”, 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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