al-Muhallab b. Abī Ṣufra
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, Abū Saʿīd al-Azdī al-ʿAtakī , Arab general of the 1st/7th century and founder of an influential family [see muhallabids ].

According to Abū ʿUbayda, al-Muhallab’s father was a Persian weaver from K̲h̲ārak who migrated via ʿUmān to Baṣra, where he gained acceptance as an Azdī thanks to his military valour (Yāḳūt, ii, 387; Ibn Rusta, 205 f.; cf. also Ag̲h̲ānī3 , xx, 75; M. Hinds (tr.), The History of al-Ṭabarī , xxiii, 187 n.). Most sources accept him as a genuine Azdī, and some even present him as a s̲h̲arīf (e.g. al-Balād̲h̲urī, Futūḥ , 396). Abū Ṣufra was among the ʿUmānīs who settle…

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Crone, P., “al-Muhallab b. Abī Ṣufra”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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