Talk:Rashidun Caliphate

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Contradicting maps[edit]

There are two contradictory maps - one showiug the Rashidun empire at its "greatest extent" which goes no further west than what is now Tunisia and an animated map the "Expansion of the Rashidun Caliphate" which includes what is now the northern areas of Algeria and Morocco. As far as I know, those areas were never under Rashidun control, which seems borne out by the contradicting maps in this article. Those areas came under Muslim control in the time of the Ummayad dynasty.

Arabic terms clarification[edit]

The Arabic term given in the first sentence of the article is supplied as "الخلافة الراشدية" (where Rāshid is put in a 'nisba' form) while the spelling supplied in the info box on the right-hand side of the article is "الراشدة" (where Rāshid is kept in the 'faa3il' form). Does anyone know which is correct?? I know Arabic pretty well and only ever hear the two words in a genitive (idāfah) construction as opposed the usage here of Rashidun as an adjective. Does anyone else oppose "خلافة الراشدين" ?? I think that reflects more accurately how Arabic speakers refer to the first caliphate. cullen (talk) 04:56, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

Actually الخلافة الراشدية is wrong. All Arabic history books call it الخلفاء الراشدون alkholafa alrashidun — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:47, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

please see below: "Rashidun"?? --HilmarHansWerner (talk) 17:58, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

This article should be improved[edit]

I am not competent to do much more than what i have already done, changing some bad sentences, rewriting some into regular english and removing the preposterous description of muslim conquest as "liberation". I agree with the other commenters assessment of the neutrality of the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:19, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

A Generally Inaccurate Picture[edit]

I don't know who "rated" this article for accuracy, but it makes it seem to the lay reader that the Rashidun Era after Mohammad was more of a monolithic state rather than just being an era of successive rule by four of Mohammad's closest comrades immediately after his death. Each of these four men had their own policies and individual stamp on their governments, and in highlighting the turbulent contradictions of this era, it would suffice to remember that out of the four, three were murdered (nay, "martyred", as the "faithful" would have it!) by internal enemies from their own entourages - and the last, Ali, also "martyred", was the odd one out of the whole lot as he fathered the Shi'ite minority sectarian schism in Islam, which the majority of Muslims still denounce vehemently and violently after the passage of nearly 1400 years. So this should be kept in mind when contemplating the Rashidun Era.

User: Al-Muslimooner —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:36, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

i couldn't actually get what u r trying to say ? please explain ur view point.

الله أكبرMohammad Adil 13:35, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Largest Empire in History?[edit]

One of the lead sentences states that the Rashidum Caliphate was "the largest empire in history up until that time." In what way? Surely, the Roman Empire and a Chinese dynasty or two were much more vast. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:53, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

invasion of ibrean panuselia[edit]

Muslim conquered the spain + portugal in 711 A.D, but in 654 A.D they invaded it for first time by the orders of Caliph Uthman, in 655 when the agitation against uthman grew muslim armies were unable to go further and withdrawl from there outposts, thus it was a only short occupation of the coastal region of Andulus in spain. Thats it, some user here messed up the article because of the same issue so i have explained it now there should be no confussion.

Mohammad Adil 09:39, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

The Visigoths conquered Byzantine territory of Spania along the southern coast of Iberia. There are no Visigothic records of the Visigoths encountering Muslim outposts on Iberia's southern coast; which one would expect if they were there when the Visigoths took over - the Visigothic kingdom, especially in its later phases, is well documented. Nor have any archaeological remains been found of such sites. Perhaps the references are to shortlived outposts that were abandoned before the Visigoths took over "Spania" or perhaps these incursions never got beyond being anything more than exploratory raids. After all, the Arab records on this are vague and limited.

Actually these were not whole scale invasions, they were what we can more accurately call footholds on ibrean coast lines in 655, before starting some serious actions inland, Muslims abandon those outposts along with coast line of north-western Africa with the start of civil war one year later in 656.

الله أكبرMohammad Adil 16:33, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

Footholds"? What is that? Presumably the conquest of a small area with the intention of using it as a base for future military operations. Do you think the Visigoths would have ignored such a threatening action? They had a funtioning government and were aware of the Islamic invasions of the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. Perhaps this story is an exaggeration of some forgotten coastal smash and grab raids but this falls short of conquest, including limited ones. The area has been populated since antiquity so such a "foothold" would not have gone unnoticed. The story is vague and not backed up by independent sources, written or archaeological, just repetitions by later Islamic historians, which is of no help as proof. Most likely, they were just bragging. Happens a lot among soldiers, even Muslim soldiers.

languages spoken[edit]

I'm removing Old Persian from the languages spoken box, since Old Persian was definitely not spoken at this time. Pahlavi was the main language of the Sasanian empire at this time (the most recent OP text dates from the 3rd century BCE, while Pahlavi texts date from the 2nd century CE.). Sicarii 00:26, 16 October 2007 (UTC)


I'm also not sure that the box for "countries included in the empire" should be in the article. None of the current countries in the Middle East and N. Africa existed at this time, so it isn't really valid to "include" them in the empire. Plus, the box takes up a LOT of space and prevents other information from being seen immediately. A subsection with commentary might be useful in its place, but I recommend removing it altogether. any thoughts? Sicarii 00:30, 16 October 2007 (UTC) I'm going to add to my comments above. The article contains many grammatical and spelling errors, as well as some important factual errors. I'm working on these. Does anyone else think that the article is too long? Sicarii 20:38, 22 October 2007 (UTC) The length of article is fine i guess, check the articles of other empire they are of the same lenghts. Mohammad Adil (talk) 09:15, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Since the map of the empire includes dashed lines showing modern country borders, I don't think a text box is needed.--Paddling bear (talk) 18:53, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

I believe the Countries text box should be removed it degrades from what is , otherwise an accurate history and also enjoyable reading (talk) 14:07, 15 June 2011 (UTC)Insomnia DM

Arabic as official language[edit]

Arabic wasn't made the official language of the Caliphate until the Marwanid era, under Abd al-Malik
It was the language of the Caliph, he use to speak in it, the official letters were writen in arabic, what else one need to declare any language as OFFICIAL language ? Mohammad Adil (talk) 09:13, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Maybe a formal declaration? Otherwise it is like a "de facto standard", so to say. ... said: Rursus (bork²) 20:24, 25 March 2009 (UTC)

Did you say "الامبراطورية الاسلامية"?[edit]

I.e. "al-Imbaraturiya al-Islamiya" ? Written in this way, in very first line it seems that the Rashidoon used to call this way their Empire. But I strongly doubt that they ever used such an "European" expression :-) --Vermondo (talk) 19:10, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

ive edited the first paragraph, linguistically and historically speaking it made no sense what so ever, there is no such thing as a rashidun "empire" a caliphate yes but not an exclusive empire it was based on ashura a sort of elected head of state it turned into a dynasty or monarchy after there deaths that is why it is called rashidun or rightly guided.Alpha.test (talk) 02:09, 10 June 2009 (UTC)


I do not feel that this article takes a neutral point of view on the subject matter. In particular the sentence 'The chief cause of the apostasy was lack of true faith' seems to be particularly irrelevant and non-encyclopaedic. What is 'true faith' in this context? And I cannot see any citations to published material. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Siriusregent (talkcontribs) 09:14, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Of course the article is not neutral. Apart from a few paragraphs, it is entirely written from a strictly Muslim point of view. It uses an entirely non-encyclopedic language.

It has little to do with history, but much with ideology. Giordaano (talk) 16:35, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

  • ok so feel free to contribute to its style and language if u feel its not encyclopedic.

and indeed the cause of apostasy was "lack of true faith" it implies that they entered islam for political reasons and not accepted it as a faith. simple, whts neutral -- not-neutral here ? thsts a historical fact and its not about writing any thing from a muslim point of view or any thing, obviously when u write an exclusive muslim history u ought to write it as it is mentioned in muslim sources, so far there is no western historian who have worked on rashidun caliphate, therefore only muslim sources can be considered, and its not bias-ism, is it ?

the sentence expalins it self later if u read the whole sentence The chief cause of the apostasy was lack of true faith. Most of the tribes, converted in the ninth and tenth years of the Hijra [disambiguation needed], had taken to Islam for political reasons.

so please avoid quoting sentences out of context. الله أكبرMohammad Adil 06:02, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Where I am coming from is that most readers of this article are not necessarily Muslims (although I am). In the context of a secular encylopaedia, It makes more sense to leave out expressions like 'true faith'. I understand that the point is the tribes' conversion for mercenary purposes. I am not questioning the explanation of the motives of the tribes, but the point of view of the 'voice' of the article, which seems to assume a Muslim readership.--Siriusregent (talk) 07:23, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

I am not a muslim (just reading up on it) and didn't know what exactly apostasy was. However, by including the sentence about tribes joining Mohammad for personal reasons and later writing of their loyalty to him personally rather than to the religion, it made sense to me. If this is true, then why remove it? Encyclopedia's don't ignore religion, they just don't push a religious agenda (or shouldn't). I don't read mention of faith as nonsecular when it's carefully put into context, as this seems to. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Paddling bear (talkcontribs) 19:00, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

This whole article seems to me some muslim zealot(s) (now there is irony for you!) that wish to 'educate' us on the history of their faith, but that are unable to think uncritically or unbiased about it. There is no indication where the information comes from, and 'holy books' do not really count. So I'll just hrow in some {\{fact}}s in the hope it will ever come up to standard. But it all may be hopeless, just as discussing Scientology here or the history of Israel... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:41, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

I'm the Christian friend of Muslims (for the salvage of science), but the tone should be a tone of neutral ground, and since this is Wikipedia, the Wikipedia policies should do fine. The tone should be neutral in so far as that the "true faith" should be exchanged for "orthodox faith" or "mainstream faith" and similar descriptive phrases. 'Lack of faith' is no proper explanation, and should be either removed or exchanged for something more descriptive: the explanation comes later in the text: the lapsing clans refused to pay zakat, that explanation is enough.
Opinions are allowed, but they must always be attributed to external sources. And the discussion page is not for throwing personal flame baits such as "zealot", read WP:CIVIL! Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 07:53, 5 May 2010 (UTC)


This article contains numerous grammar errors and fragmented sentences abound. This is a very important article, hopefully a qualified editor can bring it up to the standard it deserves. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Odin1 (talkcontribs) 11:45, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Be WP:BOLD! Grammar errors and fragmented sentences don't require any special expertise. Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 07:56, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Backwards implication??[edit]

The section Succession of Abu Bakr claims:

Apostasy is a capital offense under traditional interpretations of Islamic law, and Abu Bakr declared war on the rebels.[citation needed]

Is Islamic law relevant in this early stage? Isn't it instead so that because of the initial lapses from the main muslim community, that later apostasy became a capital offense? I think mixing in Islamic law at this early formative stage only confuses, since a tradition cannot exist before the founding events for that tradition has occurred. Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 08:21, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

okey thats a very good point. apostasy was indeed an offense even in early stages, as mentioned in hadiths (basic source of islamic jurisprudence ), but his event of whole scale apostasy contributed in changing apostasy from simply an offense into a capital offense. later islamic jurists, Umar for instance, made strict laws (capital punishment) in order to tackle this problem in its very roots i.e if it will not take root at individual level (due to fear of death) it will never rise again on large scale (apostasy of whole tribes and regions) as it had happened back in 632, which took shape of a rebellion.

الله أكبرMohammad Adil 15:46, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

This Article is Crap[edit]

The vast majority of this article sounds like it was written by some Arab with a boner for 'the Good Old Days.' Countless verb tense contradictions, horrible grammar by any standard, and so many of these claims (an invasion of Spain when? What a bad joke) that are unsupported. I'm going to go in and put '[citation needed]' where I think there should be some, but even if I put one every other sentence; it wouldn't be enough. Someone who actually cares about making Wikipedia more than a shitpile should consider going through this article and editing it for three things: brevity, readability, and POV.

I'm also thinking this Mohammad Adil guy is totally incompetent for this job and is likely some twelve year-old running around screwing up a perfectly good period of time with his own inane remarks. So, please, someone, ban him from this page. I've looked at all of his 'edits,' and they are definitely not needed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:39, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Horrible English[edit]

It is a shame that the official wikipedia artical about one of the most importent states/empires of human history is seemed to be written by someone with very bad English-skills. Doesn´t this article deserve better? It is only about the Empire which took the first steps in the expansion of the worlds 2nd largest religion! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:38, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Languages: Turkish?[edit]

Are you kidding me? Turks weren't even muslim in those days. Until the battle of talas, the only turks living in islamic caliphate were the ones who were captured during the wars.

Mention of term "Haq Char Yaar"?[edit]

I'd run across the term "Haq Char Yaar" in some other place on the internet, and managed to track down that it means "the first four caliphs" and is pretty commonly used in Pakistani culture. Is there any way we can work in mention of this term into the article? MatthewVanitas (talk) 13:40, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

The Caliphate was not the largest empire in history at the time[edit]

Leamhan spáis (talk) 01:47, 22 May 2012 (UTC)The entire article is quite heavily flawed from what I can see, which is a pity since so much work has obviously been put into it. The lead section states that it was the largest empire in history up until that time, which is completely untrue since the Achaemenid Empire was almost twice as large and was at it's greatest extent 900 years before Islam even existed, and the empire of the Tang Dynasty, which existed concurrently with the Rashidun Caliphate, was also larger. The statement is also contradicted by it's source given in it's citation, which also gives the Achaemenid Empire as the largest empire in antiquity. So I'm going to try to change the sentence "It was the largest empire in history up until that time." To be honest, the article reads like a propaganda piece for the golden age of islam, and while this bias from editors is almost certainly unintentional, it does not change the fact that the Caliphate was not the ultra-benevolent, all inclusive fairy kingdom it is made out to be here, particularly in the section "treatment of conquered peoples", which is a shame since this is an important article. I'm going to try to make some of the relevant changes myself, but the article seriously needs attention from someone who really knows what they're writing about from a NEUTRAL standpoint, and not from someone who fancifully maintains the notion of an extremely early muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. Leamhan spáis (talk) 01:47, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

7.1 Religion - Blatant NPoV issue.[edit]

"The minorities were also dealt with very leniently by the Muslim leaders and many offences were pardoned.An example of this is that they were pardoned at multiple occasions for non-payment of jizya, while non-payment of zakat by Muslims was not tolerated. Different Muslim sects,Jews and Christians lived in Perfect harmony in the Islamic Empire."

The issue I have with this segment should hopefully be obvious:

1) "Muslim sects, Jews and Christians lived in Perfect harmony in the Islamic Empire."

That is a nonsensical statement. Find me a single place on earth in "Perfect harmony", nonetheless one freshly conquered by foreigners of a different religion, with new laws and customs. It clearly isn't trying to be objective about Islamic hegemony at all.

2) "The minorities were also dealt with very leniently by the Muslim leaders and many offences were pardoned.An example of this is that they were pardoned at multiple occasions for non-payment of jizya, while non-payment of zakat by Muslims was not tolerated."

While it might be true as a technicality that they were less strict on enforcing the precise payment of the Jizya that doesn't mean that it's an example of fairness to "the minorities", who are practically guaranteed to be the majority in most regions during this early expansionary stage. The taxes specific to non-Muslims, especially during the early days of being subjugated, were much higher and could even be twice the tax-burden. If you're demanding twice the taxes for not following your religion then it'd also be more likely there'd be good reason for why they'd fail to make payments as easily as the Muslim citizenry.

Just a couple of things that caught my eye even if I don't have Editor experience. I'd recommend a rewrite as to the actual treatment of and harmony with "the minorities" in accordance with whatever protocols are relevant.

--Nuril (talk) 02:33, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

The Islamic State[edit]

  • the predecessors of the Rashidun Caliphate was The Islamic state which was ruled by Prophet Muhammad, which controlled all the Arabian Peninsula
  • during civil war 656-661 Amr ibn al-As was under Muawiyah rule.
  • Hasan ibn Ali briefly succeeded his father Ali ibn Abi Talib as the righteous Caliph following the latter's death, before retiring to Madinah and entering into an agreement with the first Umayyad ruler Muawiyah. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 3bdulelah (talkcontribs) 20:23, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Iberian Peninsula[edit]

The paragraph concerning a purported invasion of the Iberian Peninsula is largely unsourced and discussion was last raised three years ago about whether or not it should be in the article. Since the conversation on this page appears to be very limited I'm going to go ahead and clip it down to what it should be: a description of purported invasions of the Iberian coastline before the Muslin conquest of the 8th century. At the moment it pushes the view that the caliphate had a foothold in visigothic spain, which is only speculation from a couple of understandably biased historians. so I'm going to clip it. I'm hoping for some discussion on what is a very important but sadly abused article.Leamhan spáis (talk) 01:44, 7 May 2013 (UTC)


please explain the meaning of the word "Rashidun" to non-arabic speakers! thanx! --HilmarHansWerner (talk) 18:00, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

Its Basicly the shortage of 'Khulafa'ur Rashidin' or 'rightly guided caliph' which pointing to the authority of the four first Caliph in this empire. well basicly its just e mere of Rule of thumbs from modern historians that its often named 'Rashidun' as the shortened popular nickname

A complete rewrite[edit]

I am beginning a complete re-write of this article. The entire article, and many of the articles it links to, and very obviously written from a Muslim, Sunni perspective, with no sourcing and wiki-inappropriate wording. Many of these sections very openly praise the people in question in a way which is completely inappropriate for a neutral wiki, misleading, and to many very offensive.

I will be deleting a lot of text. I will preserve as much as I can, but without sourcing, much of this material is simply nowhere near wiki qualtiy, and to keep it up is an insult to the desired neutrality of the wiki project. Talking about "true faith" and "political genius" in religious figures is unacceptable.

Eternal of sirus (talk)

Your "rewrite" being composed of removing vast amounts of references and referenced information? I disagree. You will need a consensus for your massive removal of references and referenced information. --Kansas Bear (talk) 06:21, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
I agree with User:Kansas Bear. You are removing sourced information and you need consensus for this kind of editing. By the way User:Eternal of sirus new discussions go to the bottom. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 07:58, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
The referenced information I remove is, if you'll look at it, irrelevant to the article as a whole. It is largely sections praising historical figures, making unsourced claims, and embelleshing about events. You have been removing entire sections of edits, which I have taken care to atomize so people can tell me what changes they disagree with, instead of addressing atomic changes.
Many of these changes do not remove any references or referenced material at all. That is a key issue of my desision to revert your reversion.
Besides: If someone puts in, lets make up an example, "and then Umar totally awesomely defeated the enemy, crushing them with the grace of God", I would go ahead and remove that without any sort of consensus. The page isn't quite that extreme, but some sections certainly embelish to a dangerous degree.
If there are particular deletions you disagree with, could we discuss them bit-by-bit instead of undoing everything I have changed? I don't think adding a references makes having so many unsourced, propaganda-esque claims defendable. I stand by my belief that the current state of the article is attrocious. Eternal of sirus (talk) 08:24, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
It would be best to do your editing a little bit at a time instead of all at once. For best results: Tell us here on the Talk Page what you want to do, like "I have found a source that contradicts the article, and here is what it says: 'It was Joe Blow and not Richard Roe who made the statement (according to Sidney Doe's book on the subject), so I am changing the article to reflect this new information.'" And then make the change to the article. If nobody objects to the change, it will stay there, but if somebody objects, then we talk about it on the article's Discussion page. Then you go on to the next change. For more, see WP:BRD. The idea in a contentious article like this one is to take things slowly, and in little chunks. Let it stretch out a few days or weeks. Sincerely, GeorgeLouis (talk) 10:08, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
But they are removing _all_ of my edits, rather than the ones they disagree with. Some are small fixups, but they are grouing together every single edit - including ones that aren't mine - and just reverting them as a group. Is wikipedia really in such a failed state that in order to remove something that is overtly inappropriate praise for a religious figure, or an entire section of unsourced speculation, it requires 'consensus'? This article is effectively Islamic propaganda. Now, I'm not trying to make it propaganda to fit my viewpoint, because I do appreciate neutrality, but...
why is every single edit grouped together? That is what really bugs me about this. We disagree on changes, sure. But they are taking away even small, very obvious and necessary changes that I feel should not be controversial in the least. I feel like I need an administrator at this point, because they have not addressed my problem of _addressing each change separatately_ at all, but continue to group everything I do together and throw it out. Eternal of sirus (talk) 18:59, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
I understand your frustration, but in the space of half an hour you made all these edits. Just make them one at a time and tell why on the Talk Page. Then wait a day for people to respond and for consensus to be achieved. (You and the other editors might reach a happy WP:compromise.) There is no reason to rush the editing of an encyclopedia which will be here for the ages even though I know you want to set things right as quickly as possible. The other editors want to make a good encyclopedia, too. It is up to you to help find a consensus. GeorgeLouis (talk) 22:06, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Alright, then. I've heard you all out and asked the admins what should be done. What changes can we agree on? I feel that this article is in a very, very sorry state. Does anyone disagree with that?

This article contains many sections that go on longer rants without any sources at all. These rants are often apologist in nature, and talk about the motivation of the historical characters in question. Can we all agree to remove such sections if they do not add to the historical context of the article, and have no sources at all?

I would also like to neutralize the language of the article. It often paints a "Muslims vs Everyone" picture. I think "Rashidun forces" is better than "the Muslims", for example. I would also avoid words like "apostaphy" and "treason", as while that may be the Sunni Muslim view of certain events, it is not a neutral point of view. Does anyone disagree with that?

Generally speaking, is anyone actually happy with the current state of the article? Eternal of sirus (talk) 23:45, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

For the record I still think it was unreasonable to roll back every single thing I changed rather than trying to address individual changes. Eternal of sirus (talk) 23:48, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
That massive rollback will now enable you to do your edits one by one. I don't have access to any of the sources, and I have scant interest in the topic, but if you want to start by changing "Rashidun forces" to "the Muslims," well, go ahead with that change to the article and cite a source that uses "Rashidun forces" because someone else will certainly look for a source that says "the Muslims." If somebody reverts, then you have to go through one of the WP:Dispute resolution processes, but at least there will be a focus on what the dispute is all about. Then just wait a day and make another change. WP:Bold, revert, discuss is slow but it is the process that is marked out in Wikipedia. I myself have simply removed unsourced sentences, paragraphs or entire sections from articles with the Edit summary "Unsourced. Challenging and removing." Then whoever puts the information back had better find a source for it. GeorgeLouis (talk) 00:56, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
The main problem here is sourced information and multiple sources being removed. The fact is, when someone arrives on the article and editor talk pages and starts crowing about "propaganda" and "clear violation of wiki policy" or "I also disagree with your assertion that I need consensus to remove information", does not convince me this person has any form of "neutrality" in mind for this article. And, statements like, "...Sunni Muslim view of certain events.", simply illustrate this editor's bias. Oh, and I have added references to this article as well. --Kansas Bear (talk) 01:23, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

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does this empire still exsist then?[edit]

as nowhere in this article is any mention of when it ceased to be, ie when its downfall took place? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:02, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

Please read the Crisis and fragmentation section. The information is there. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 22:24, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

Succeeded & proceeded standard flags?[edit]

Not sure what the problem is with the standard flags I am adding which are being used on there main article and across Wikipedia. (talk) 14:35, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

To be clear, I haven't looked into this matter myself. I reverted your edit because you seemed to be edit warring with Iryna Harpy. If the images you added in your last edit are not the ones Iryna earlier identified as OR, I apologize for the misunderstanding. Eperoton (talk) 14:40, 8 August 2016 (UTC)
@Eperoton: Apologies for the tardy response. I seem to have missed your ping. In fact, it is all of the same sources (and associated sources) being used to create a 'flag' out of colours identified as being associated with this or that state, royal or other emblems associated, but not flags or insignia recognised universally by academics as being emblematic of said states. Using such symbols is a breach of WP:NOR and has been discussed at length on multiple historical state articles, with the consensus standing at it being OR. There are still a multitude of articles using such insignia, but I'm not about to take on every the world (read as dozens of articles). Users still keep adding emblems used in the associated articles but, per WP:WINARS, it doesn't make it so. As I'm sure you'll agree, manufacturing associations with imagery is antithetical to the purpose of Wikipedia. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 01:33, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

Merge needed?[edit]

It seems that Rashidun and Rashidun Caliphate cover the same topic. Shouldn't they be merged? Marcocapelle (talk) 09:42, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

Interesting. Leo1pard (talk) 16:56, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

The reversion[edit]

@DA1: Firstly, the quotations which are not straight are meant to reflect the fact that the Arabic names, such as 'علي' and 'عثمان', have letters that do not usually have equivalents in the English language, the letter 'ع' in the case of these 2 names, which is pronounced from the throat, and they do not necessarily make it harder for users to search for those names, since links for these 2 men exist without the apostrophe, so it doesn't matter if you insert the apostrophe or not, it should still return the same result when searching.

Secondly, Hasan ibn Ali's role in the end of the Rashidun Caliphate and rise of the Umayyad Dynasty, that is, that he was the Caliph who negotiated the transfer of power to Muawiyah I, to end the First Fitna, is too important to ignore, from a historical POV. Leo1pard (talk) 16:56, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

And here is the reference on Hasan being a "Rightly Guided" Caliph, even if his rule was temporary.[1] Leo1pard (talk) 04:15, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

In lieu of possible WP:EDITWARRING or WP:OVERKILL, refer to the existing discussion on Wikipedia:WikiProject Islam here [1]. I urge other members or editors to do the same, and share their input for consensus. -DA1 (talk) 15:33, 7 June 2017 (UTC)


  1. ^ "The Four Caliphs – SHAYKH AL ISLAM". Retrieved 2014-04-16.