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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

August 18th, 684 - The Battle of Marj Rahit

Conflict: Second Fitna

Combatants: Zubayrids vs. Umayyads

Location: Syria

Outcome: Umayyad victory

In 680, the reign of Yazid I, son of Mu'awiya, as Caliph of the Umayyads began. Abdulla ibn Zubayr led a rebellion against the rule of Yazid and established a caliphate over Arabia, Iraq, and Egypt. In August of 684, the Marwan ibn Hakam defeated Zubayr's forces at Marj Rahit and re-established the rule of the Umayyad Caliphate.

Drachma of Mu'awiya (Yazid) I, 676-677 (Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., CC BY-SA 2.5 <>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Points of Interest:

  • Marwan died before he could complete the conquest of the Zubayr Caliphate.

  • Abdulla ibn Zubayr was killed 692 defending Mecca against Marwan' son, Abd ul-Malik.

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