Arab-Sassanian Coin Of The Kharijite Rebel Qatarī Ibn al-Fujāʾa, Bīshāpūr, 75 AH / 694-695 CE

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Arab-Sassanian coin of the Kharijite rebel Qatarī ibn al-Fujā'a, frozen in the year 75 AH.


75 AH / 694-695 CE.


Obverse field: Typical late Arab-Sassanian bust. Obverse margin: lā ḥukm illā lillāh ("Judgement belongs to God alone").

Reverse field: Typical Arab-Sassanian fire-altar with attendants with mint (Ardashir Khurra).


Weight = 4.08 gms.

Walker has shown that the earliest coin of Qatarī ibn al-Fujāʾa bearing the typical Kharijite slogan lā ḥukm illā lillāh comes from the year 69 AH / 688-689 CE and is prefixed with bism Allāh.[1] And written in Persian: "Servant of God, Ktri, commander of the faithful". Further, this slogan is clearly reminiscent of the Qur’anic phrase ini’l ḥukmu illā lillāh [Qur’an 12:40, 12:67 and 6:57].[2]


Not known. Similar coins are also found in the British Museum, London.

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[1] J. Walker, A Catalogue Of The Muhammadan Coins In The British Museum, 1941, Volume I - Arab-Sassanian Coins, British Museum: London, pp. 112-113.

[2] L. Treadwell, "Qur'anic Inscriptions On The Coins Of The Ahl Al-Bayt From The Second To Fourth Century AH", Journal Of Qur'anic Studies, 2012, Volume 14, p. 49.

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