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ʿUḳba b. Nāfiʿ
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b. ʿAbd al-Ḳays al-Ḳurās̲h̲ī al-Fihrī (d. 63/683), one of the most prominent Arab commanders of the Islamic conquests period, above all in North Africa, where he was responsible for the foundation of al-Ḳayrawān [q.v.].

He was born towards the end of the Prophet’s life, hence was accounted a Companion, and was through his mother a nephew of ʿAmr b. al-ʿĀṣ [q.v.], the conqueror of Egypt, who shortly before his death in 43/663 was to give him command over the lands to the west of Egypt. It seems that ʿUḳba had already played a role in ʿAmr’s first raid towards North Africa in 21/642, …

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Christides, V., “ʿUḳba b. Nāfiʿ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 07 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7690>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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