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Khurasanian

Historical Overview Section

With the death of the Umayyad Caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik in 743, the Islamic world was launched into civil war. Abu Muslim was sent to Khorasan by the Abbasids initially as a propagandist and then to revolt on their behalf. He took Merv in December 747 (or January 748), defeating the Umayyad governor there Nasr ibn Sayyar, as well as Shayban al-Khariji, a Kharijite aspirant to the caliphate. He became the de facto Abbasid governor of Khorasan, and gained fame as a general in the late 740s in defeating the peasant rebellion of Bihafarid, the leader of a syncretic Persian sect that were Mazdaism. Abu Muslim received support in suppressing the rebellion both from purist Muslims and Zoroastrians. In 750, Abu Muslim became leader of the Abbasid army and defeated the Umayyads at Battle of the Zab. Abu Muslim stormed Damascus, the capital of the Umayyad caliphate, later that year. His heroic role in the revolution and military skill, along with his conciliatory politics toward Shia, Sunnis, Zoroastrians, Jews, and Christians made him extremely popular among his subject people.

The first independent kingdom from Arab rule was established in Khorasan by Tahir Phoshanji in 821. But it may have been lesa an independance struggle and more a matter of political and territorial gain as Tahir also helped the Caliph subdue other nationalistic movements in other parts of Persia such as Maziar's movement in Tabaristan.
The first dynasty in Khorasan after the introduction of Islam was the Saffarid dynasty (861-1003), but the region was also contested by the Samanids (875-999), Ghaznavids (962-1187), Ghurids (1149-1212), Seljukids (1037-1194), Khwarezmids (1077-1231) and Timurids (1370-1506). Some eastern Khorasani regions eventually fell under the control of the Moghul Empire, while the Safavids conquered the western regions.

Using the army in ADLG

  • A poor mans Ghaznavid, but with lots of interesting allied options
  • Difficult to predict in a 2-list event

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Army Lists

Sample army lists for this army
200 points from Madaxeman @ Worlds 2019
Anti Foot list
2 HC Bow Elite
1 Bedouin MCv Impact
1 LH Bow
2 Turkish Ghulams HC Bow
1 Bedouin LC Impact
Competent
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2 Dailami Elite
2 Ghazis Impetuous MF
2 Bowmen LF Bow
1 Elephant
1 Mediocre Arab Spearmen, 1 with support
Brilliant
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4 Dailami
1 LF Bow
1 Turkish Ghulam HC Bow
Competent Ally
This is a pretty potent anti foot force with anti-elephant capability too. It runs over rough terrain with impunity, ideal if your opponent is expecting a cavalry force.

Pseudo-Mongol version
2 Arab Spearmen
1 Kuminji Javelinman
1 LI Bow
2 Bedouins MCv Impact
1 Turkish Ghulam HC Bow
Competent
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Abbasid Ally
2 Ahl Khurasan MCv Impact Mediocre
2 A'bid (replaced foot) 1/2 Bw / 1/2 Sp Medium
2 Ahl Khurasan HC Impact
1 Maghriba LC Impact Elite
1 Gnulam HC Bow
Competent Ally
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2 Khurasanian NObles HC Bow Elite
1 Turkish LC Bow
2 Bedouins MC Impact
2 Turksih Ghulams HC Bow
Competent

No elephants surprises people, and this army can cope well in Steppe terrain than an unwise, elephant wary opponent may offer you if they win initiative against this low-initiative army. In retrospect the Javelinman was a bit of a spare part combat-wise, but gave a unit which could threaten flanks and move up to overlap quite quickly. It also can make a run for fortified baggage


200 Points From Estella
1 LH Bow
2 Cv Elite Bw
2 Cv Ordinary Bow
Ordinary General Included
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2 Dailiami
2 Javelinmen
1 LF Bow
2 Cavalry HC
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Elephant
LH Bow
1 LF Bow
2 Bow
5 Spear

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