'Abd Allah ibn Mu'awiya ibn Abdullah ibn Jafar ibn Abi Talib was a Talibid rebel and Imam. He was a descendant of Jafar ibn Abi Talib. After the death of Abu Hashim, a grandson of 'Ali and Shi'a's Imam, claims were laid to the Imamate from several Shi'a groups. They turned to 'Abd Allah and asserted him to be the rightful Imam. 'Abd Allah claimed that both the godhead and the prophetic office were united in him, because the spirit of God had been transferred from the one Imam to the other and had finally come to him.
At the end of 127 AH/ 744 C.C., Shi'a's in Kufa set up 'Abd Allah as Imam. In Muharram 127/October 744, 'Abd Allah revolted in Kufa with his many followers, especially from amongst the Zaidiyyah.
'Abd Allah revolted against Yazid III, the Umayyad Caliph, with the support of Shi'a's of Kufa and Ctesiphon. He moved west of Iran and Isfahan and Istakhr. He managed to control the west of Iran for two years. Ultimately, he was defeated by the caliph armies in 746-7 C.C. and fled to Harat in Khorasan.
'Abd Allah died in Abumuslim prison, his rival. His followers did not believe his death and said that he went into occultation and would return as the Mahdi.
Alternative names include:
'Abd Allah ibn Mu'awiya
Abdallah ibn Muawiya ibn Abdullah ibn Jafar ibn Abi Talib
'Abdullah ibn Mu'awiya
Ibn Mu'awiya, 'Abd Allah
Ibn Muawiya ibn Abdullah ibn Jafar ibn Abi Talib, Abdallah
Ibn Mu'awiya, 'Abdullah