Asad ibn al-Furat

(from the article `North Africa`) ...Sicily. Initiated in 827, the conquest of Sicily was given a religious character by entrusting the command of the army to the q Asad ibn al-Furt.
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Asad ibn al-Furat

Asad ibn al-Furat (أسد بن الفرات; 759-828) was a jurist and theologian in Ifriqiya, who began the Muslim conquest of Sicily. His family, originally from Harran in Mesopotamia, emigrated with him to Ifriqiya. Asad studied in Medina with Malik ibn Anas, the founder of the Malikite school, and in Kufa with a disciple of Abu Hanifa, the fou...
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