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Sulaymān b. ʿAlī b. ʿAbd Allāh
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, early ʿAbbāsid prince and uncle of the first ʿAbbāsid caliphs al-Saffāḥ and al-Manṣūr [q.vv.], d. at Baṣra in D̲j̲umādā II 142/October 759 aged 59 (al-Ṭabarī, iii, 141).

He was appointed governor of Baṣra, including also eastern Arabia and western Persia, by al-Saffāḥ in 133/750-1 (ibid., iii, 73), and remained in this important power base until forced out of the governorship in 139/756. As one of the ʿumūma or paternal uncles, whose position vis-à-vis their nephews the caliphs was ambiguous, Sulaymān sheltered for many years the failed rebel ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAlī [q.v.], until ʿAbd All…

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Bosworth, C.E., “Sulaymān b. ʿAlī b. ʿAbd Allāh”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7157>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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