Mir Jafar Dasni

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Mir Jafar bin Mir Hasan Dasni (Kurdish: Mîr Ceferê Dasnî, Arabic: الأمير جعفر بن الأمير حسن الداسني‎), also known as Jafar bin Faharjis, was a Yezidi leader who in 838 launched an uprising against Abbasid Caliph al-Mutasim in the area north of Mosul.[1] After being defeated at Babagesh he resided in castles in Dasin, a vast area in north-central Kurdistan.[2] Mutasim in response sent an army under command of Abdullah bin Ans al-Azdi, resulting in an armed confrontation between the Arab army and Kurds. Due to the difficulty of the terrain, the Arab army proved unsuccessful, suffered heavy casualties and a number of its commanders including Abdullah's uncle Ishaq bin Ans and his father-in-law were killed. Mutassim had purchased a Khazari slave, called Itakh. He appointed him as commander of his army. Itakh defeated Mir Jafar's troops in 841 and killed many Kurds.[3] In order to avoid being captured alive, Mir Jafar committed suicide by drinking poison.

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  1. ^ M. Th. Houtsma, 1993, E. J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936: Volume 4 - Page 1136, Brill
  2. ^ Thomas Bois, 1966, The Kurds, Khayats, University of Michigan, 159 pages
  3. ^ Kevin Alan Brook, 2009, The Jews of Khazaria, page 184, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc.