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Abd al-Malik

(äb'do͝ol-mälĭk`), c.646–705, 5th UmayyadUmayyad
, the first Islamic dynasty (661–750). Their reign witnessed the return to leadership roles of the pre-Islamic Arab elite, and the rejuvenation of tribal loyalties. The Banu Ummaya constituted the higher stratum of the pre-Islamic Meccan elite.
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 caliph (685–705); son of Marwan I. At his accession, Islam was torn by dissension and threatened by the Byzantine Empire. With the help of his able general al-Hajjaj, Abd al-Malik overthrew the rival caliphs and united Islam. His battles with Byzantine forces were without final result. An able administrator, he reorganized the government and introduced Arabic coins, improved postal facilities, and made Arabic the official language.
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Abd al Malik, an award-winning French rap star, is suing Ben Arfa for defamation after the Newcastle United player accused him of indoctrinating him into the Sufism branch of Islam.
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The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, built by Abd Al Malik ibn Marwan and completed in 692AD, is the earliest surviving monument of Islamic art.
Zaid rebelled in 737 AD against the Umayyad Caliph Hisham Abd Al Malik and a group paid allegiance to him.
Feeling the Berber resistance had been crushed, Caliph Abd Al Malik turned his attention to dealing with his Byzantine enemy.
Since the site was chosen for Muslim worship by the second Caliph Omar in 638 AD and built by the ninth Caliph Abd al Malik about 50 years later, almost every Muslim ruler of Jerusalem has repaired or renovated the shrine.
The Dome of the Rock one visits today is almost identical to the constructed by the Caliph Abd al Malik in 691, despite destruction to the dome and walls by earthquakes, and the conversion of the mosque into a church during the presence of the Crusaders.