Historical Overview Section

The Abbasid Caliphate was the third of the Islamic caliphates to succeed the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The Abbasid dynasty descended from Muhammad's youngest uncle, Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib (566–653 CE), from whom the dynasty takes its name. They ruled as caliphs, for most of their period from their capital in Baghdad in modern-day Iraq, after assuming authority over the Muslim empire from the Umayyads in 750 CE (132 AH).

The Abbasid caliphate first centered its government in Kufa, but in 762 the caliph Al-Mansur founded the city of Baghdad, north of the Sasanian capital city of Ctesiphon. The choice of a capital so close to Persia proper reflected a growing reliance on Persian bureaucrats, most notably of the Barmakid family, to govern the territories conquered by Arab Muslims, as well as an increasing inclusion of non-Arab Muslims in the ummah. Despite this initial cooperation, the Abbasids of the late 8th century had alienated both Arab mawali and Iranian bureaucrats, and were forced to cede authority over Al-Andalus and Maghreb to the Umayyads, Morocco to the Idrisid dynasty, Ifriqiya to the Aghlabids, and Egypt to the Shi'ite Caliphate of the Fatimids. The political power of the caliphs largely ended with the rise of the Buyids and the Seljuq Turks. Although Abbasid leadership over the vast Islamic empire was gradually reduced to a ceremonial religious function, the dynasty retained control over its Mesopotamian demesne. The capital city of Baghdad became a center of science, culture, philosophy and invention during the Golden Age of Islam.

This period of cultural fruition ended in 1258 with the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols under Hulagu Khan. The Abbasid line of rulers, and Muslim culture in general, recentered themselves in the Mamluk capital of Cairo in 1261. Though lacking in political power, the dynasty continued to claim authority in religious matters until after the Ottoman conquest of Egypt (1517).

Using the army in ADLG

  • This army sees the beginning of the Sudanese Abid mixed shooters.
  • This is a much more shooty army than other earlier Arabs.
  • Lots of toys that you'd want to take are just too expensive. You have to make hard choices because the buffet has many appealing dishes.
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Army Lists

Sample army lists for this army
As used by Marco Baroni at the BHGS Teams @ LGT 2020
2 Abid 1/2 and 1/2
2 Ghulams HCv Bow
2 Ghulams HCv Bow Elite
1 LF javelin
1 Berber LH Javelin
3 Spear Hvy Spear Support
3 Abid 1/2 & 1/2
2 LF Javelin
1 Ahl Khurasan Med Cv Impact
1 Maghribha LH Impact Elite
1 Levy
2 Arab & Berber LH Javelin
2 Ahl Khurasan HCv Impact

200Ap Ethan Zorick Special
Corps #1:


1 HC Bow
2 HC Bow elite
2 HC impact Al Khurusan
2 LC bow
Corps #2:


2 MI Spear/Bow Sudanese
3 HI Spear
1 LI Bow
2 HC impact Al Khurusan
Corps #3:


2 HC impact Al Khurusan
2 Dailami MI impact elite
1 MI Spear/Bow Sudanese
1 LI Bow

21 units initiative 3

The idea is this is a tool kit. Corps #1 can support either other corps and the combine firepower is significant. Additionally that puts 4 HC impact adjacent to each other that is a threat to a lot. The are two terrain forces from which firepower can be projected. Corps #2 is serious enough that if someone wants to crush it in the open they need to commit quite a large part of their capital units to do so and then Corps #1 and 3 can operate against that forces flanks. It can threaten any foe from three directions and is fast enough that a foe needs to be very energetic with a lot of power to run one down

You can make a lot of mild variations to this basic structure to suit your preferences. Principally that will be converting more HC impact to HC bow.

200AP 26mm Roll Call 2018
2 G Javelins
2 Supported Dailami
2 Elite Medium Spear
1 Mixed Bw/Sword unit
4 Elite HC Bow
2 Lh Bow
1 Mixed Bowman
Competent Geeneral
6 HI Spearmen
2 LI Bow
Competent General

200 Points, Derby 2017
4 Ghulams Heavy cavalry bow Elite
2 Horse Archers Light cavalry bow ------
6 Heavy Spearmen Heavy spearmen
4 Archers Light infantry bow
2 Light Infantry Light infantry javelin
2 Dailami Medium swordsmen impact Elite
2 Light Infantry Light infantry javelin ------
1 Ghulams Heavy cavalry bow Elite
1 Ghulams Heavy cavalry bow ----

200 Points Britcon 2016
====Competent, Included
4 AHL KURASAN Heavy cavalry impact ------
4 GHULAMS Heavy cavalry bow ------
1 KHURASANIANS Light cavalry bow ------
1 GHULAM GEN Heavy cavalry bow Elite
3 SPEARMEN Heavy spearmen
3 ABID ½ Medium spearmen ½ Bowmen
4 BOWMEN LI Light infantry bow
2 LEVY Levy
1 LI JAV Light infantry javelin
====Ordinary, Included, Unreliable
1 KHURASANIANS Light cavalry bow
1 GHULAM GEN Heavy cavalry bow