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Yasir Suleiman and Adel Al-Abdul Jader

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637386

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637386.001.0001

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The Violence of the Abbasid Revolution

The Violence of the Abbasid Revolution

(p.226) 15. The Violence of the Abbasid Revolution
Living Islamic History

Chase F. Robinson

Edinburgh University Press

The shift from Marwanid to Abbasid rule involved a measure of violence so intense and systematic that it exceeded the cultural limits which normally prevailed. In the eyes of Sharik b. Shaykh and those like-minded, the principles for which the Hashimiyya had fought had been betrayed. This chapter discusses the notions of blood and tyranny in the context of the Abbasid revolution, and aims to show that the violence which accompanied this revolution exceeded the normal limits of Arabic-Islamic culture. It also demonstrates that the Abbasid revolution was accomplished through widespread blood-letting, executions, unrestrained killings, mutilation of the corpses of the caliphs, and unbroken promises of safety to exact vengeance and destroy the Umayyads and their supporters.

Keywords:   Marwanid, Abbasid rule, violence, Sharik b. Shaykh, blood and tyranny, Abbasid revolution, blood-letting, executions, Umayyads

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