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ʿAmr b. al-ʿĀṣ
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ʿAmr b. al-ʿĀṣ b. Wāʾil b. Hāshim b. Saʿīd al-Sahmī, Abū ʿAbdallāh (d. 42 or 43/662 or 664), is ranked among the Companions of the Prophet and is credited with the transmission of a number of ḥadīth s (al-Dhahabī, Siyar, 3:54–77). He was known for his eloquence, his shrewdness in politics, and his strategic insight in war. The sources emphasise the shrewdness over the other two attributes, especially in the context of the First Civil War. He converted to Islam together with Khālid b. al-Walīd (d. 21/642) and ʿUthmān b. Ṭalḥa. The sou…

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Keshk, Khaled M. G., “ʿAmr b. al-ʿĀṣ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 07 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23067>
First published online: 2010
First print edition: 9789004183964, 2010, 2010-2



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