Battle of Bajarwan

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Battle of Bajarwan
Part of the Second Arab–Khazar War
Khazar warrior with captive,  image from an 8th-century ewer found in Romania
Khazar warrior with captive
Date December 730 or January 731 CE
Location near Bajarwan, Shirvan
Result Arab victory
Belligerents
Khazar Khaganate Umayyad Caliphate
Commanders and leaders
Barjik  (?) Sa'id ibn Amr al-Harashi
Strength
10,000 ?
Casualties and losses
very heavy ?

The Battle of Bajarwan was a battle that took place during the Second Arab–Khazar War, between the armies of the Khazar Khaganate, led by the khagan's son Barjik, and the Umayyad Caliphate, whose commanding general was Sa'id ibn Amr al-Harashi.

After the disastrous defeat at the Battle of Marj Ardebil, the Khazars roamed freely across the lands of Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Armenia. With little forces immediately available, Caliph Hisham appointed Sa'id ibn Amr al-Harashi to take command against the Khazars, and assemble whatever forces he could at al-Raqqah. Gathering a mall army (including refugees from Ardabil who had to be paid ten gold dinars to be persuaded to fight), Sa'id managed to recover Akhlat on Lake Van. From there he moved north to Bardha'a, and south again to relieve the Khazar siege of Warthan. The besiegers withdrew to Bajarwan, and a battle was fought some 24 km from the town. Sa'id scored a crushing victory, killing most of the 10,000 Khazars, and rescuing the prisoners they had with them, reportedly 5,000 families. The Arabs also captured the Khazar general's flag, which became the battle standard of his tribe, the Harish. Some sources report that Barjik too was slain, and that Sa'id sent his head to the Caliph, but al-Tabari and others report his death only later, during Maslamah ibn Abd al-Malik's 731 invasion north of the Caucasus. After this, the Khazar armies fled north, abandoning their conquests in Azerbaijan and Arran, with Sa'id in pursuit.

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