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Arabs in the Early Islamic EmpireExploring al-Azd Tribal Identity$
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Brian Ulrich

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474436793

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474436793.001.0001

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The Muhallabids: War, Politics and Memory

The Muhallabids: War, Politics and Memory

(p.116) 3 The Muhallabids: War, Politics and Memory
Arabs in the Early Islamic Empire

Brian Ulrich

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on both the careers of the Muhallabids, the most prominent al-Azd family during the Umayyad period, and their role as sites of memory for later generations. It examines narratives by Abu Mikhnaf, al-Mada’ini, Wahb b. Jarir, al-Awtabi, and others for events including al-Muhallab’s war against the Azraqites, Yazid b. al-Muhallab’s governorships of Khurasan, and the Muhallabid revolt against the caliph Yazid II. In doing so, it teases out the different approaches to the family in Abbasid-era accounts, and so charts shifts in the significance of al-Azd identity in the late 700’s and 800’s. One key theme is that the Muhallabids’ significance depended in part on their ability to tap Oman as a source of military manpower. Finally, it examines the prominent Muhallabids of the early Abbasid era and their roles in the Abbasid revolution and others.

Keywords:   Muhallabids, Abu Mikhnaf, al-Mada’ini, Wahb b. Jarir, Azraqites, Umayyads, al-Azd, al-Awtabi

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