Aysun

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For other people, see Aysun (given name).

Aysun was the son of Sulayman al-Arabi (wali of Barcelona and Girona c. 775–780)

Aysun, together with his father Sulayman al-Arabi, joined Charlemagne's army that besieged Zaragoza in 788. As Zaragoza surrender to Charlemagne he took hostages from his allies, including Sulayman al-Arabi.

Aysun and his brother Matruh ben Sulayman al-Arabi were allied to the Basques, and at Roncesvalles they attacked the baggage train of the frankish army (778) releasing their father. Their father returned to Zaragoza and sent to Matruh to govern Barcelona (and Girona). However in 780 Sulayman was killed by his former friend and Husayn of Zaragoza.

As a result Aysun gave his loyalty to the Emir of Cordoba who was seeking to impose control over the northern Iberian states. He participated in the assault on Zaragoza in 781 (that compelled to Husayn submit) and in subsequent expeditions into Basque territories and Cerdaña, moving on then to Barcelona where his brother as Wali also submitted to the Emir.

Aysun had two servants called Amrus (later General Amrus ibn Yusuf) and Sabrit, who after 785 served Matruh. Matruh rebelled and took Huesca and Zaragoza in about 789. However he was killed by Amrus (who became a supporter of the Emir) and Sarhabil ibn Saltan al-Zawagi in 791 or 792.

Al-Udri reports that Aysun was taken prisoner during the capture of Girona and sent to Aachen. It is suggested as an elderly man he escaped in the 826, to lead the revolt of the Goths and supporters of peace with the Muslims under the name (Aissó). However there is no evidence to prove this and it is probably the confusion of two different people with similar sames.