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, extremist S̲h̲īʿī sect in al-Kūfa founded by Abu ’l-K̲h̲aṭṭāb al-Asadī [q.v.] (killed ca. 138/755). Abu ’l-K̲h̲aṭṭāb claimed that the Imām Ḏj̲aʿfar al-Ṣādiḳ [q.v.] had appointed him as his deputy and legatee ( waṣī ) and taught him the Greatest Name of God. He was at first encouraged by the Imām, but later, probably still before 130/748, was repudiated and cursed by D̲j̲aʿfar. As a result, his followers split up into several subsects. The reports of the heresiographers about these early sects are based on two accounts which a…

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Madelung, W., “K̲h̲aṭṭābiyya”, 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 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4241>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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