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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.

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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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LH Bow
1 LF Bow
2 Bow
5 Spear


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