Mir Jafar Dasni

Mir Jafar bin Mir Hasan Dasni (Kurdish: Mîr Ceferê Dasnî, Arabic: الأمير جعفر بن الأمير حسن الداسني), also known as Jafar bin Faharjis, was a leader of the ethno-religious group of the Yazidi people who in 838 launched an uprising against Abbasid Caliph al-Mutasim in the area north of Mosul. After being defeated at Babagesh he resided in castles in Dasin.[1][2] Mutasim in response sent an army under command of Abdullah bin Ans al-Azdi, resulting in an armed confrontation between the Arab army and Kurds. Due to the difficulty of the terrain, the Arab army proved unsuccessful, suffered heavy casualties and a number of its commanders including Abdullah's uncle Ishaq bin Ans and his father-in-law were killed.

Mutassim had purchased a Khazar slave, called Itakh. He appointed him as commander of his army. Itakh defeated Mir Jafar's troops in 841 and killed many Kurds.[3] In order to avoid being captured alive, Mir Jafar committed suicide by drinking poison.

See also


  1. M. Th. Houtsma, 1993, E. J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936: Volume 4 - Page 1136, Brill
  2. Thomas Bois, 1966, The Kurds, Khayats, University of Michigan, 159 pages
  3. Kevin Alan Brook, 2009, The Jews of Khazaria, page 184, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc.
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