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In the folklore of Shia Islam, Shemr is a villainous figure, from the tribe of Banu Kalb who was the brother Umm ul-Banin, who is usually associated with the death of the prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Battle of Karbala.
Shemr was the son of Zeljoshan and was from the Khavarej tribe, he was keen on fighting with Imam Hassan against Muawiya although he was against Imam Ali. He later on got selected for Muawiya's Army after Imam Hassan abdicated his government, he fought in the battle of Kerbala and was the person who killed Imam Hussein's son Ali Asghar.
He was killed by Mukhtar ibn Sakafi as vengeance for Imam Hussein.
Use in propaganda
- Daniel Politi (20 January 2013). "Why is President Obama Depicted on a Huge Billboard in Tehran?". Slate magazine. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- "Iran's Obama billboard: what it really means". The Guardian. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- Burke, Edmund. Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East. University of California Press. p. 243. ISBN 978-0-520-24661-4.
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