al-Ḥuṣayn b. Numayr
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, of the Kindī tribe of the Sakūn, a general of the Sufyānids. At Ṣiffīn, he fought in the Umayyad ranks. On the accession of Yazīd I, he was governor of the important district of Ḥimṣ. He then had to intervene with Yazīd for Ibn Mufarrig̲h̲ [q.v.], who had been imprisoned by ʿUbayd Allāh b. Ziyād. When the expedition against the holy cities of the Ḥid̲j̲āz was planned, Ḥuṣayn was appointed lieutenant of the commanderin-chief Muslim b. ʿUḳba al-Murrī [q.v.] and, in this capacity, distinguished himself at the battle of the Ḥarra [q.v.]. During the march on Mecca, the dying Muslim, in or…

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Lammens, H. and Cremonesi, V., “al-Ḥuṣayn b. Numayr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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