Skip to main content

ʿAmr ibn al-ʿAṣ

ʿAmr ibn al-ʿAṣ (d. 663 (AH 42)). Muslim statesman. A Qurayshite, ʿAmr was a late convert to Islam, but the Prophet Muḥammad recognized his talents and immediately sent him as an envoy to Oman where he met with great success. His real fame rests as the conqueror of Egypt during ʿUmar's caliphate. He held Egypt by his political skills and even seems to have gained the support of the Coptic Church. At the battle of Siffin, ʿAmr commanded Muʿawiyyah's cavalry against ʿAlī, and devised the plan of arbitration by Qurʾān. Muʿawiyyah rewarded ʿAmr's faithful service by appointing him governor of Egypt, where he remained until his death.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"ʿAmr ibn al-ʿAṣ." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Encyclopedia.com. 18 Aug. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"ʿAmr ibn al-ʿAṣ." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 18, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/amr-ibn-al

"ʿAmr ibn al-ʿAṣ." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. . Retrieved August 18, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/amr-ibn-al

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.