Battle of Fakhkh

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Coordinates: 21°27′11.34″N 39°48′24.42″E / 21.4531500°N 39.8067833°E / 21.4531500; 39.8067833

Battle of Fakhkh
Part of the civil wars of the early Caliphates
Date11 June 786 C.E.
Fakhkh near Mecca
Result Abbasid Victory
Abbasid Caliphate Alids
Commanders and leaders
Mūsa ibnʿĪsā ibn ʿAlī
Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān ibn al-Manṣūr
Al-Ḥusayn ibn Al-Ḥasan ibn Al-Ḥasan ibn Al-Ḥasan ibn ʿAli ibn Abī Ṭālib 
unknown unknown
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

The Battle of Fakhkh (Arabic: موقعة فخ‎) on 11 June 786 CE was fought between the forces of the Abbasid Caliphate, under Sulayman ibn Abi Ja'far, one of the sons of Caliph al-Mansur, and the supporters of a pro-Alid rebellion in Mecca under Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of Hasan ibn Ali, also known as Sahib al Fakh. The Abbasid army easily crushed the Alid rebellion at the wadi of Fakhkh near Mecca, and Husayn was executed along with many other members of the Alid house. One of the Alids, Idris ibn Abdallah, fled the battlefield to the Maghreb, and established there the Idrisid dynasty.


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