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b. S̲h̲abib b. K̲h̲ālid b. Maʿdān , Abu ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd al-Ṭāʾī of Banū Nabhān ( Ḏj̲amhara , 178; Ak̲h̲bār al-ʿAbbās , 216), an Arab general and one of the most prominent leaders of the ʿAbbāsid daʿwa in K̲h̲urāsān. According to Balād̲h̲urī, his real name was Ziyād, Ḳaḥṭaba being a nickname derived from the verb ḳ-ḥ-t-b , which means, inter alia, “to strike with a sword” (LA, s.v.). In one place his kunya is given as Abū Ḥamza ( Muḥabbar , 465); it is quite possible that he had two kunyas , like some other leaders of the daʿwa who took the precaution of adopting a new one on becoming active …

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Sharon, M., “Ḳaḥṭaba”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 26 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3789>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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