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Author(s): Vida, G. Levi Delia | Lévi Provençal, E.
(Banū Umaiya), the dynasty of the caliphs from 41-132 a. h. = 661-750 a. d. It takes its name from the fact that its founder Muʿāwiya b. Abī Sufyān was the representative of the principal branch of the Banū Umaiya; even after the exclusion of this branch from the caliphate on the death of Muʿāwiya II, the dynasty retained its name, for the caliphate passed to the head of another branch, Marwān b. al-Ḥakam b. Abi ’l-ʿĀṣ. For the reader’s convenience we give below a list of the Umaiyad caliphs with their dates of accession. “The Arab empire” is the title given by Wellhausen to his classic w…