Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hama (903)

I’m talking, of course, about the Qarmatians (or Qarmathians if you prefer; in Arabic they’re the Qaramitah), the Ismaʿili Shiʿa movement that ruled a big chunk of the Arabian peninsula, centered in Bahrayn (the historical term for eastern Arabia, which I’m calling “Bahrayn” to distinguish it from the modern island nation of Bahrain, even though in Arabic they’re the same word), from the tail end of the 9th century through the middle of the 11th century. It’s a good thing we don’t have to deal with anything like that nowadays, am I right?

Source: Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hama (903)

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