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Abu Ibrahim Ismail is an Islamic history nerd who goes deep into some of history's most entertaining and amazing stories as it relates to Islam and Muslims.

Abu Ibrahim Ismail is an Islamic history nerd who goes deep into some of history's most entertaining and amazing stories as it relates to Islam and Muslims.
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Abu Ibrahim Ismail is an Islamic history nerd who goes deep into some of history's most entertaining and amazing stories as it relates to Islam and Muslims.




Anglo-Afghan War Part 3

The British have to flee Afghanistan under terrible conditions. They must trek through harsh winter mountains while dodging angry Afghans from all sides.

Duration: 00:55:49

Anglo-Afghan War Part 2

Tensions rise as the British find themselves isolated in Afghanistan and despised by the locals.

Duration: 00:58:46

Bonus: Anglo-Afghan War Part 1

The background history that led the British to invade Afghanistan.

Duration: 01:06:43

3-10: Mecca And Medina

Instead of bringing peace, the Umayyad victory at Karbala brings even more stability to the Empire. Now the Muslims of Mecca and Medina are more determined than ever to shake off the Umayyad yoke. In Mecca, Abdullah ibn Zubayr is quietly building his support. He refuses to openly oppose Banu Umayyah, but everyone knows he's up to something. In Medina, Yazid is quickly losing his grip. Everything he does turns the Muslims of Medina against him even more. After the show is over, be sure...

Duration: 00:57:41

3-9: Sunnis And Shias

A brief overview of the similarities and differences between Sunni and Shia.

Duration: 01:06:57

3-8: Husayn And Karbala Part 2

Husayn and his group are trapped at Karbala. He tries to negotiate with Banu Umayyah, but it goes nowhere. This episode explores one of the most tragic and pivotal events in Islamic history. With this episode, the political faction known as Shi'atu Ali become the Shia religious sect. After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page. The Show Notes are available at: Here's some of what you'll find: You can support the Islamic History...

Duration: 01:11:22

3-7: Husayn And Karbala Part 1

Husayn is unaware of the fate of his cousin, Muslim ibn Aqeel, in Kufah. The last thing Husayn knew, the Shia in Kufah were waiting for him. With this knowledge, Husayn leaves Mecca with several members of his family, including women and children. But things are not good in Kufah. Ubaydullah, the governor of Kufah, is ready for Husayn and has sent Umar ibn Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas with an army of 4000 men to greet him. After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page. The Show...

Duration: 00:44:50

3-6: Muslim And Ubaydullah

Husayn sends his cousin, Muslim ibn Aqil, to see if he really does have support in Kufah. However, Yazid ibn Muawiyyah also sent his ruthless governor, Ubaydullah ibn Ziyad. The two men struggle for the heart and soul of this troubled city. Click the links below to share The Islamic History Podcast with your friends and family. Facebook Twitter Google Plus LinkedIn And support the Islamic History Podcast with a pledge on Patreon.

Duration: 01:04:55

3-5: Husayn And Ibn Zubayr

Muawiyyah dies and as planned, his son Yazid succeeds him as Caliph. But there are many people in the Muslim Empire who do not agree with this. Two of them are Husayn ibn Ali and Abdullah ibn Zubayr. They refuse to give Yazid the pledge and flee to Mecca. Ibn Ziyad begins to build alliances there while Husayn is being courted by the people of Kufah. After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page. The Show Notes are available at: Here's...

Duration: 00:47:41

3-4: Caliphs And Kings

Muawiyyah and his administration have subdued the Muslim Empire. Most of Iraq has settled down and his detractors have fell silent. But Muawiyyah is concerned about the future. What's going to happen when he's gone? The Caliph conspires with his governors to turn the Caliphate to a monarchy. Muawiyyah does not believe the old ways of choosing the next Caliph works. He believes it needs to become a family affair. After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page. The Show...

Duration: 00:47:56

3-3: Ziyad And Hujr

The Umayyads had the practice of cursing Ali during their sermons. Many of the party of Ali did not like that. One of these men was Hujr ibn Adi, a companion and commander in Ali's army. When he heard the Umayyads cursing Ali, he would shout at them and to make them stop. But Ziyad ibn Abihi, the governor of Kufah and Basra, would not tolerate such defiance. He decided to find Hujr and make an example of him for others This episode chronicles the story of Hujr ibn Adi and one of the...

Duration: 00:46:02

3-2: Ziyad And Basra

Basra is starting to slip out of control with rampant crime and too much rebellion. Muawiyyah is ready to bring in someone new; however, this new guy has a scandalous past. In this episode we're introduced to Ziyad ibn Abihi, Muawiyyah's brutal governor of Basra. We'll see how Ziyad rises from obscurity to become the second most powerful man in the Empire. After the show is over, be sure to visit the Show Notes page. The Show Notes are available at...

Duration: 00:47:43

3-1: Syria And Iraq

Welcome back to another season of the Islamic History Podcast! In this season, we're going to mostly cover the Umayyad Dynasty. The first several episodes will be focused on the founder of this dynasty, Muawiyyah ibn Abi Sufyan. Today's episode is an introduction to Syria and Kufah during this period. We'll take a look at the challenges the new Muslim Caliph had to face in the never ending Khawarij threat. We'll discover how the early Muslim administrations were governed and some...

Duration: 00:46:13

2-21: Ali And The Khawarij

As Ali struggled against the Khawarij, his grip on the Caliphate began to slip. Support the podcast by making a pledge at

Duration: 00:43:34

2-20: Ali And Muawiyyah

After defeating Aisha at the Battle of the Camel, Ali held most of the Islamic Empire. The only holdout, was Muawiyyah, the powerful governor of Syria. But things soon started to unravel for Ali. He was having trouble maintaining control of Egypt, and Muawiyyah was making some strong allies. Nonetheless, the two parties engaged in rigorous negotiations in the hopes of avoiding warfare. Despite these attempts, fighting looked inevitable. As the year 36 AH drew to a close, Ali began...

Duration: 00:43:51

2-19: Camel And Kharijites

Talhah and Zubair pledged allegiance to Ali ibn Abi Talib on the condition that he find and punish those responsible for murdering Uthman. But after several months, not much progress had been made. In fact, many of those who were known opponents of Uthman, were now working with Ali. Because of this, many of the influential companions did support him. One of those who did not support Ali was the Prophet's widow, Aisha. She had cobbled together a force with the intention of punishing...

Duration: 00:40:05

2-18: Ali And Aisha

Ali's Caliphate was already in trouble. The Umayyah clan was suspicious of him. Muawiyyah refused to acknowledge his leadership. There were gangs of bandits were roaming through Medina. And many companions refused to support him. And to make things worse, Aisha, the Prophet's widow, was stirring things up in Mecca. Aisha was outraged that Uthman's killers were still on the loose in Medina. She decided to take matters into her own hands. She rallied the people of Mecca and organized a...

Duration: 00:39:49

2-17: Murder And Chaos

For several years, there had been a low level of discontent in the Muslim empire. While most of the inhabitants were happy, there were a significant number who were not. Caliph Uthman had already spoken to his governors to try to get a handle on what was happening. Though they had many ideas, no one came up with a decision to fix the problem. So Uthman decided to hold another meeting, but this everyone was invited. He hoped to speak with the malcontents directly and see what was...

Duration: 00:37:38

2-16: Lost Rings and Lost Opportunities

Many people mark the beginning of Uthman's troubles with the loss of the Prophet's rings. But things really got bad for Uthman when he lost the support of the esteemed companion, Ammar ibn Yasir. The antagonism against Uthman was growing in three main locations: Egypt, Kufah, and Basrah. The rest of the empire was calm and had no problems with his administration. No matter how what Uthman did, he could not get to the bottom of their malcontent. These mysterious complaints against have...

Duration: 00:05:34

2-15: Kufah And Quran

One of the most troublesome spots in the Muslim world was the Iraqi city of Kufah. The people were fickle, restless, and never satisfied with their governor. Uthman had to change their governor no less than three times. Uthman's popularity took another hit during the Hajj of 649. Seemingly inconsequential actions had major repercussions. But the most important event during this period was the one that would bring the most benefit. Upon discovering the message of the Quran was in danger...

Duration: 00:38:21

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