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)

Asia/Africa/Europe update: May 16-17 2017

AFGHANISTAN Afghan forces were able to recapture the Qala-i-Zal district of Kunduz province on Tuesday, ten days after it fell to the Taliban. Meanwhile, in eastern Afghanistan, ISIS claimed credit for an attack on the state TV broadcaster in the city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, in which six people were killed in addition to the… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Europe update: May 16-17 2017

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)