Maʿn b. Zāʾida
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, Abu ’l-Walīd al-S̲h̲aybānī . military commander and governor of the late Umayyad and early ʿAbbāsid period. He came from the as̲h̲rāf of the S̲h̲aybān tribe and rose to importance with the patronage of Yazīd b. ʿUmar b. Hubayra (see ibn hubayra], the last Umayyad governor of ʿIrāḳ. He fought against the advancing ʿAbbāsid armies when they reached ʿIrāḳ in 132/749, and was said to have killed the enemy commander, kahtaba b. S̲h̲abīb [q.v.]. He joined his master Ibn Hubayra in the defence of Wāsiṭ and was one of the few leaders not to be executed, apparently because …

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Kennedy, H., “Maʿn b. Zāʾida”, 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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