or Om·mi·ad, U·may·yad
- a member of the dynasty that ruled at Damascus a.d. 661–750, claiming descent from Omayya, cousin of the grandfather of Muhammad the Prophet.
- a member of the dynasty of caliphs that ruled in southern Spain, a.d. 756–1031: related to the Damascus dynasty.
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By a trick ‛Ali was deposed , and the Omayyad dynasty was established with its capital at Damascus.
All the Omayyad princes were invited to the wedding, Merwan hoping still to conciliate them.
The ruin of the Omayyad empire and the rise of the new dynasty did not take place without mighty convulsions.
One other short-lived movement of the Omayyad period should be mentioned.
From this point onward the glory of the Omayyad line decays.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
- a caliph of the dynasty ruling (661–750 ad) from its capital at Damascus
- an emir (756–929 ad) or caliph (929–1031 ad) of the Omayyad dynasty in Spain