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A title created early in Islamic history and adopted by a series of Muslim polities to the present day, amir al-mu'minin means "Commander of the Faithful." Early medieval Muslim historians report that the term was used in reference to those in positions of command over Muslim forces during the initial period of conquest, both during and after the life of the Prophet. According to separate anecdotes reported by al-Tabari (Ta'rikh, 1:2748) and al-Ya`qubi (Ta'rikh, 2:171-172), among others, the sec ...more

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