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ʿAlī b. Muḥammad al-Zand̲j̲ī
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, known as ṣāḥib al-zand̲j̲ , was the leader of the Zand̲j̲ [q.v.], the rebel negro slaves who for fifteen years (255-270/868-83) terrorised southern ʿIrāḳ and the adjoining territories. He was born in Warzanīn, a village near Rayy, and is said by some authorities to have been of Arab origin, being descended from ʿAbd al-Ḳays on his father’s side and from Asad on his mother’s. His name is generally given as ʿAlī b. Muḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Raḥīm. According to Ibn al-Ḏj̲awzī ( al-Muntaẓam , Hyderabad 1357, v, 2, 69) his real name was Bihbūd̲h̲. Al-Bīrūnī ( Chronology , 332; translation, 330) st…

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Lewis, B., “ʿAlī b. Muḥammad al-Zand̲j̲ī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 25 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0515>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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