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ʿUbayd Allāh b. Abī Bakra
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, Abū Ḥātim, Arab commander of the Umayyads and governor in Sīstān, d. 79/698.

The Abū Bakra family were of mawlā origin, Abū Bakra’s father being apparently an Abyssinian slave. Although he married a free Arab wife from the Banū ʿId̲j̲l, ʿUbayd Allāh himself retained a dark and swarthy complexion, being described as adg̲h̲am ; an attempted filiation of the family to al-Ḥārit̲h̲ b. Kalada [q.v. in Suppl.], the so-called "Physician of the Arabs", was later disallowed by the caliph al-Mahdī. The family prospered in Basra as partisans of the Umayyads and through…

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Bosworth, C.E., “ʿUbayd Allāh b. Abī Bakra”, 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 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7664>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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