Mu'awiya ibn Hudayj

Mu'awiya ibn Hudayj al-Kindi as-Sakuni (variously transliterated as Muawia bin Hudeij or Mu'àuia ibn-Hodeig) was a general of the Kindah tribe under Muawiyah I in Ifriqiya. He led 10,000 troops in the area of Sousse (Hadrumetum).[1]

He participated in the Battle of Yarmuk,[1] the Battle of al-Qādisiyyah,[2] and the Battle of Jalula.[3] After the Siege of Uthman and Uthman's death, Ibn Hudaij called for retribution.[4] In 658, he killed Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr. At the time, he was a pro-Umayyad soldier and is said to have quarreled with the prisoner and killed him out of hand. Ibn Hudayj was so incensed at Ibn Abi Bakr that he put his body into the skin of a dead donkey and burned both corpses together, so that nothing should survive of his enemy.[5] He garrisoned troops in the Kairouan area[6] (654 - 665) and conduct operation against Hadrumetum in the Tacape (Lesser Syrtis) region. He would conduct raids on Sicily in 44 AH (666).[7] He was made the governor of Barqah (Cyrenaica) in 47 AH (669).[8]

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  1. 1 2 Muslim Expansion and Byzantine Collapse in North Africa By Walter E. Kaegi, Walter Emil Kaegi. Page 180.
  2. Ṭabarī, ., & Friedmann, Y. (1992). The battle of al-Qādisiyyah and the conquest of Syria and Palestine: A.D. 635-637/A.H. 14-15. Albany: State University of New York Press. Page 12.
  3. L' Afrique vandale et byzantine: Revue internationale d'histoire et d'archéologie (IVe - VIIIe s.). (2002). Turnhout: Brepols. Page 282
  4. Ṭabarī, A.-G. M. I.-G., & Yar-Shater, E. (1996). The first civil war. Albany, NY: State Univ. of New York Pr. Page 144
  5. The Succession to Muhammad pp. 268
  6. Abun-Nasr, J. M. (1987). A history of the Maghrib in the Islamic period. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Page 28
  7. A. I. Akram, The Muslim conquest of Egypt and North Africa. Ferozsons, 1977. Page 201
  8. A. I. Akram. The Muslim conquest of Egypt and North Africa. Ferozsons, 1977. Page 206
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