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(I) bi ’llāh , Abu ’l-ʿAbbās Aḥmad b. Muḥammad , ʿAbbāsid caliph, reigned 248-52/862-6, grandson of the caliph al-Muʿtaṣim [q.v.] and the son of a slave concubine of Ṣaḳlabī origin named Muk̲h̲āriḳ.

When his cousin al-Muntaṣir [q.v.] died, the Turkish commanders in Sāmarrā plucked al-Mustaʿīn from a life of obscurity (he is said to have made a living as a copyist of manuscripts) to become caliph (6 Rabīʿ II 248/9 June 862). The choice aroused discontent in Sāmarrā and unrest broke out among those who supported al-Muʿtazz [q.v.] which was only put down after much bloodshed and fina…

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Zetterstéen, K.V. and Bosworth, C.E., “al-Mustaʿīn”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 27 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5619>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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