Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Bakhamra (763)

However, the Hasanids had their moments of rebellion. For example, there was a Hasanid-led revolt in September 762, which was ultimately squashed by the Abbasids at the Battle of Bakhamra on January 21, 763. This is sometimes considered to have been a “Zaydi revolt,” since the Zaydis claim its leader as one of their imams, but this is a case of rewriting history after the fact. There may have been Zaydis among the rebels but I doubt they would have categorized themselves as such at this point in history. The central figure in the 762 revolt was Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyah (“Muhammad the Pure Soul,” and from this point on in this post when I refer to “Muhammad” it’s to him), a great-grandson of Hasan whose uprising was one of the first consequential attempts by the early Shiʿa to push back against the Abbasids.

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