Said al-Ashdaq, who belonged to the third branch of the Omayyads.
`Amr Ashdaq made no opposition till the death of Merwan.
When, in the year (69 A.H.) 689 Abdalmalik had at last encamped at Botnan Habib in the vicinity of Kinnesrin (Qinnasrin),1 with the purpose of marching against Mus`ab, his cousin `Amr Ashdaq, to whom by the treaty of Jabia, before the battle of Merj Rahit, the succession to Merwan had been promised, took advantage of his absence to lay claim to the supreme power, and to have himself proclaimed caliph by his partisans.
The garrison of Damascus took fright, and deserted their posts, so that `Amr Ashdaq was compelled to surrender.
He succeeded in reconciling the sons of `Amr Ashdaq, and also Khalid b.