Uprising of Arabian Tribes in 632–633

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Uprising of Arabian Tribes in 632–633


the so-called riddah (secession, apostasy), the revolt against Islam and the Medina government after Muhammad’s death by the tribes of the Arabian Peninsula. Almost the entire peninsula was freed of government control as a result of the uprising. The revolt in Yamamah (present-day Sulaymaniyah) by the Hanifah under Musaylimah, who proclaimed himself a prophet, posed the greatest threat to the caliphate. Suppression of the uprising in 633 marked the complete triumph of Islam in Arabia and allowed Caliph abu-Bakr (632–634) to embark on conquests beyond its boundaries.


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