Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation)

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The Conquest of Tripoli
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[225c] Bakr ibn-al-Haitham from ‘Ali ibn-abi-Ṭalḥah :—In the year 22,1 ‘Amr ibn-al-‘Âṣi advanced to Tripoli.2 He met resistance but reduced the place by force, carrying away many loads of fine silk brocade from its merchants. This booty he sold and divided its price among the Moslems. He wrote to ‘Umar ibn-al-Khaṭṭâb, “We have ar-rived in Tripoli which lies nine days from Ifrîḳiyah. If the ‘Commander of the Believers’ thinks it best to allow [226] us to invade the latter, it will be well.” ‘Umar wrote back, ordering him not to go, saying, “This should not …

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“The Conquest of Tripoli”, in: Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation), General Editor Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhūrī. Consulted online on 26 January 2020

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