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Maslama b. ʿAbd al-Malik b. Marwān
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, son of the caliph ʿAbd al-Malik and one of the most imposing Umayyad generals, whose siege of Constaninople 98-9/716-18 earned him lasting fame. Like his uncle Muḥammad b. Marwān [q.v.], whom he succeeded in Asia Minor in many respects, he was, as the son of a slave-girl, excluded from the succession to the caliphate. His date of birth is unknown. He died on Muḥarram 121/24 December 738.

Starting in 86/705, the last year of his father’s reign, Maslama led the regular summer campaigns ( ṣawāʾif ), sometimes prolonged over the winter, into the Byzantine territories of Asia Minor…

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Rotter, G., “Maslama b. ʿAbd al-Malik b. Marwān”, 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 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5020>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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