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al-Rāḍī Bi ’llāh
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, Abu ’l-ʿAbbās Aḥmad ( Muḥammad ) b. al-Muḳtadir , the twentieth ʿAbbāsid caliph.

He was born in Rabīʿ II 297/December 909; his mother was a slave named Ẓalūm. He was proposed for the caliphate immediately after the assassination of his father al-Muḳtadir [q.v.], but the choice fell upon al-Ḳāhir [q.v.]. The latter had him thrown into prison; after the fall of al-Ḳāhir, he was released and put upon the throne (D̲j̲umādā I 322/April 934). As his adviser in this difficult period, al-Rāḍī chose al-Muḳtadir’s vizier ʿAlī b. ʿĪsā [q.v.] who asked, however, to be excused on account of hi…

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Zetterstéen, K.V., “al-Rāḍī Bi ’llāh”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6170>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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