Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation)

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The Ḳarâṭîs
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[240c] The Greeks used to get the ḳarâṭîs from Egypt,1 and the Arabs used to get the dînârs from the Greeks. ‘Abd-al-Malik ibn-Marwân was the first to inscribe on the upper part of these fabrics2 such phrases as “Declare: Allah is one!” and others with the name of Allah. One day, he received from the Byzantine king a message, saying, “You have recently introduced upon your ḳarâṭîs some inscription that we hate. If you leave that out, well and good; otherwise, you shall see on the dînârs the name of your Prophet associated with things you hate.” This was too much for ‘A…

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“The Ḳarâṭîs”, in: Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation), General Editor Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhūrī. Consulted online on 14 November 2019

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