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)

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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 Eastern 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 Eastern history: the Battle of Bakhamra (763)