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(more rarely Muk̲h̲tāriyya) is the name applied by the heresiographers to those supporters of al-Muk̲h̲tār [q.v.] recognising Muḥammad b. al-Ḥanafiyya [q.v.] as their imām and as the Mahdī [q.v.]. The name is derived from Abū ʿAmra Kaysān [q.v.], chief of the guard and leader of the mawālī under al-Muk̲h̲tār. Its choice, made probably by the opponents of the movement, may reflect the importance they attributed to the mawlā element in it. Actually, many supporters of the movement, among them some of the most radical, were Arabs, especially from Yamanī tribes, an…

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Madelung, W., “Kaysāniyya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4071>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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