Al-Khattab ibn al-Hasan ibn Abi'l-Hifaz

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Al-Khattab ibn al-Hasan ibn Abi'l-Hifaz
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  • Poet
  • theologian
  • skilled warrior
Known forGhayat ul Mawaleed

Al-Khattab was a skilled warrior and notable poet and theologian, who became Dhu'ayb ibn Musa's principal aide, and an important asset to the Sulayhid dynasty and Tayyibi Isma'ilism cause, until his murder by his nephews in a dispute over control of al-Hajur in 1138.[1] Al-Khattab was succeeded as chief assistant (maʾdhūn) by Ibrahim ibn al-Husayn al-Hamidi.


al-Khattab was milk brother to Arwa al-Sulayhi and chief of the tribe of Hajur from Qodam in Banu Hamdan|Hamdaan. During the time of Arwa al-Sulayhi, he faced challenges from his brother Sulaiman. al-Khattab finally went to battle against him and in one of the encounters, Sulaiman was killed.

al-Khattab took Sulaiman's sons under his care and nurtured them. However, upon being instigated by Sulaiman's supporters, the sons killed al-Khattab in the year 1138.

He was Dhu'ayb ibn Musa's principal aide and a skilled warrior, notable poet and theologian.[2]


He authored theological works like "Muneerat ul Basaair"[3] and "Ghayat ul Mawaleed".[4] He has also written a collection of poems.[5]

See also

  • Dhu'ayb ibn Musa


  1. Daftary 2007, p. 264.
  2. Meri, Josef W. (2006). Medieval Islamic Civilization: A-K, index. Taylor & Francis. p. 70. ISBN 9780415966917.
  3. "al-Sultan al-Khattab b. al-Hasan b. Abi al-Hifaz | The Institute of Ismaili Studies". Retrieved 2020-09-27.
  4. Ivanow, Lewis. Ismailitica. pp. 20–21, 56–57.
  5. "Giant of Ismaili studies honored by younger generation". Retrieved 2020-09-27.

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