Today in Middle Eastern/North African history: the Battle of Fakhkh (786)

There were so many minor Alid uprisings (the term “Alid” simply refers to descendants of Ali, and is often used to describe early revolts made in the name of his family, because the conceptual framework of Shiʿism wasn’t really in place yet so it’s a little confusing to apply that term to these events) against the Umayyad and early Abbasid caliphates that it would drive you all crazy if I tried to catalogue each one of them. The uprising that was quickly dispatched at the Battle of Fakhkh, a valley near Mecca, on (give or take) June 11, 786, was no different from any of the others, except in one respect: one of the rebel leaders, a great-great grandson of Ali named Idris b. Abdullah (d. 791), survived the battle and fled west, as far west as he could go.

Source: Today in Middle Eastern/North African history: the Battle of Fakhkh (786)

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