abbasid caliphate

  1. SunKing105

    WI: No Fourth Fitna?

    The Fourth Fitna was a devastating civil war that broke out very shortly after the death of Caliph Harun-al-Rashid, that lasted from 811-819, with local provincial rebellions taking advantage of the crisis lasting in some form to the 830s. It set the stage for the further decline of the...
  2. No Zanj Rebellion?

    The Zanj Rebellion was a huge uprising organized by African slaves (called Zanj by the Arabs) who had had enough of working in the horrible conditions of the sugar plantations of Ahvaz and Lower Mesopotamia. It lasted fourteen years (869-883 AD) and although the rebels were defeated, the...
  3. SunKing105

    WI: Abd-ar-Rahman was killed in the Abbasid Revolution

    Abd-ar-Rahman was originally an Ummayad prince who was around 20 when the Abbasids took Damascus, and subsequently slaughtered 80 members of the Ummayad family at a feast in Abu-Futrus, but Abd-ar-Rahman managed to escape. Eventually he had to cross the Euphrates, where Abbasid troops caught up...
  4. PC: Abbasid-Bulgar Alliance

    How likely would it have been for the Abbasid Caliphate to ally with the Bulgars?
  5. WI: No Anarchy at Samarra

    Despite lasting only nine years, the Anarchy at Samarra severely damaged the Abbasid Caliphate's central government, and led to rebellious and secessionist tendencies in the provinces. What if this period hadn't happened?
  6. WI: Harun al-Rashid doesn't divide his empire

    Harun al-Rashid, the fifth Abbasid Caliph, ruled during the zenith of the Islamic Golden Age, and played a major role in turning Baghdad into one of the great centers of learning and commerce. In 802, he decided to divide his vast empire between three of his sons: al-Amin, al-Ma'mun, and...
  7. WI: Zanj Rebellion succeeds

    What if the Zanj Rebellion had succeeded in overthrowing the Abbasid Caliphate? Could a Zanj polity have lasted?
  8. WI: No Fourth Fitna

    What if the Fourth Fitna hadn't happened? How would its absence have changed history?
  9. WI: China wins the Battle of Talas

    In 751, two of the greatest powers of the age squared off in the valley of the Talas River. On one side was the Abbasid Caliphate, aided by its ally the Tibetan Empire. On the other was the Tang dynasty, aided by Ferghana and some Karluk mercenaries. After several days of stalemate, the Karluks...
  10. GameBawesome

    WI: Abbasids move to Arabia, instead of Egypt

    What if, instead of reestablishing the Abbasid Caliphate in Cairo, where the Mamluks took over, the Abbasids move the Caliphate back to Mecca, or another City in the Arabian Peninsula? Could this secure the survival of the Abbasid caliphate? Would they contest with the Mamluk Egyptians, and the...
  11. Talus I of Dixie

    Muslim World: The True Faith Timeline
    Threadmarks: Prologue: Chapter 1

    Muslim World The Gates of Gaul: Tours The year is 732. A huge moorish army attacks Tours, the battle is bloody, but its commander, Algafeque, is cunning, a cavalry force composed of 3,000 brave knights who had placed Charles Martel in a trap and hiding how many the franks arrived, attack the...
  12. GauchoBadger

    WI: Successful conspiracy of Al-Afshin?

    What if Khaydar Al-Afshin, governor of Transoxiana during the early period of the Abbasid Caliphate who was instrumental in the struggle against the northwestern Iranian rebel Babak Khorramdin and the Byzantines in Anatolia, had succeeded in his political struggle against the Abdullah ibn Taher...
  13. WI: Al-Mu'tadid lived 10-20 years longer - could Abbasid power be restored?

    Al-Mu'tadid, Abbasid Caliph from 892-902, presided over nearly a decade of recovery for the Abbasid Caliphate, restoring Abbasid control over the provinces of Jazira, Thughur, and Jibal, and reining in the disloyal Tulunid and Saffarid vassal states, at least nominally. He also moved the capital...
  14. GauchoBadger

    WI: Arab victory at Lalakaon (863)

    In my opinion, the Battle of Lalakaon (or Poson) (863 AD) in eastern Anatolia is one of the most underrated battles of Byzantine history. It pitted the forces of emperor Michael III on one side and the forces of the emir of Melitene, Umar Al-Aqta, whose state consistently raided Anatolia, on the...
  15. Whiteshore

    WI: Tang Dynasty wins the Battle of Talas River

    The Battle of Talas River (751) saw the Abbasid Caliphate, in alliance with Bodchenpo (thanks a lot, Jade Dragons), defeat the Tang Dynasty and along with the An Lushan revolt, put a halt to the Tang Dynasty's imperial ambitions in Central Asia, but what if the Chinese won at Talas River? What...