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Full text of "The Dabistan"

55

" Omiyah, to Medina, from whence the prophet had
" banished him, so thai he was called ' the banished
" ' of the prophet/ although Sadik (Abubekr) and
" 'Fariik (Omar) had not called him. Further, Os-
4 * man expelled Abazer from Medina; he also gave
" his daughter in marriage to Mervan, the son of
" Hakim, with the fifth part of the spoils of Afrika,
4i which amounted to forty thousand gold dinars.1
*fc Besides, he granted security to Abd-ullah, the son
" of Serj ;2 although the lord of the prophetic asy-
4' lum had ordered his blood to be shed; and he
4 * conferred on him the administration of Egypt;
46 he consigned also to Abd-ullah, the son of Aa-
** mar, the government of Basra, where he indulged
" himself in all sorts of shameful actions. Among
" the Umras of his army were Mdaviah, the son of
u Abi Safian, the collector of Sham (Syria), and Sdid,
" the son of Aldas , the collector of Kiifa. After-
a wards, Abd-ullah, the son of Aamer; and Faiid, the

Mervan, according to Abulfeda, I. p. 271. Elmacin (Hist. Sarac., p. 38)
reads " Hakim, son of Abul~As."

1  Abulfeda (I. p. 271) says 500,000 gold coins.   Elmacin (loco cit., p.
"39) states five talents of Africa, said to be worth 304,000 gold pieces.

2  Abulfeda (I. p. 261) mentions Ab'dalla, son of Sdd, son of Abu Sarh,
Amerite, a foster-brother of Osmaa (ibid., p. 154).    Elmacin (loco cit.,
p. 39) calls him Abdalla, son of Sdid, son of Abu Jerh, who had been
a writer of revelations, and who, because he had apostatised from Islam-
ism, would have been put to death by the prophet, after the taking of
Mecca, in the eighth year of the Hejira (A. D. 029), if Osmao had not inter-
ceded for him.