Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of the Zab (750)

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of the Zab, which took place in 750 and was the climactic battle in the Abbasid Revolution that ousted the Umayyads from the caliphate. You can find out more about the revolution elsewhere on this blog, but the battle itself deserves a little mention. Source: Today in Middle… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of the Zab (750)

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

However, the Hasanids have 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 called a “Zaydi revolt,” since the Zaydis claim its leader as one of their imams, though that… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Bakhamra (763)

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

The various Shiʿa movements that have sprung up over the centuries trace their origins, obviously, to Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin and son in-law of Muhammad. But apart from that common origin there have (again, obviously) been a number of disagreements within the Shiʿa community over which line of descent from Ali was legitimate.… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Bakhamra (763)

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

The various Shiʿa movements that have sprung up over the centuries trace their origins, obviously, to Ali b. Abi Talib, the cousin and son in-law of Muhammad. But apart from that common ancestry there have (again, obviously) been a number of disagreements within the Shiʿa community over which line of descent from Ali was legitimate.… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: the Battle of Bakhamra (763)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of the Zab (750)

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of the Zab, which took place in 750 and was the climactic battle in the Abbasid Revolution that ousted the Umayyads from the caliphate. You can find out more about the revolution elsewhere on this blog, but the battle itself deserves a little mention. The Umayyad army was… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of the Zab (750)

Islamic History, part 23: another civil war and the caliphate of al-Maʾmun (809-833)

Islamic History Series Assuming that I manage to keep going with this series, things are going to get a lot more, well, a lot more everything, really, moving forward. The political situation is going to get more complicated, because, believe it or not, this whole caliphate thing isn’t going to remain stable much longer (actually… Continue reading Islamic History, part 23: another civil war and the caliphate of al-Maʾmun (809-833)

Islamic History, part 21: The Abbasids take over (750-786)

Islamic History Series Well, it’s been a while since I had time to put one of these together. Sorry about that. Trying to eke out some freelance work and desperately looking for a regular gig kind of saps your will for big projects, I find. Aside from lacking the time to undertake another chapter of… Continue reading Islamic History, part 21: The Abbasids take over (750-786)