al-Muʿtaḍid Bi’llāh
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, Abu ’l-ʿAbbās Aḥmad b. Ṭalḥa , ʿAbbāsid caliph. The son of the regent al-Muwaffaḳ [q.v.] and a Greek slave-girl called Ḍirār, the date of his birth is unknown but was probably around 245/860. His father gave him a military training and from 267/880-1 he is found leading operations against the Zand̲j̲ rebels [q.v.]. In 271/885 he suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the troops of K̲h̲umārawayh b. Aḥmad b. Ṭūlūn [q.v.]. Relations between him and his father were not always cordial, and one occasion in 275/888-9 Aḥmad actually ordered his arrest. The incident…

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Kennedy, H., “al-Muʿtaḍid Bi’llāh”, 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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