Sahl Smbatean

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Sahl Smbatean (Armenian: Սահլ Սմբատեան) was an Armenian[1][2] prince of Shaki, during the 9th century A.D.[3] In Arabic sources, he is referred to as Sahl ibn Sumbat. After the fall of the Mihranid dynasty in 822, Sahl ruled a significant part of Caucasian Albania. Sahl initially provided refuge to Babak Khorramdin and fought with him against the Islamic conquest of Persia. However, later he assisted Afshin, the prominent general[4] under Abbasid Caliph al-Mutasim, in capturing Babak Khorramdin. In 854, Sahl was captured and imprisoned by Bugha al-Kabir al-Sharabi, the Turkish commander of Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil.[5]


  1. Template:Tr iconYıldız, Dursun(1980) İslâmiyet ve Türkler Çağrı yayınları, p. 147
  2. The History of Al-Tabari Vol XXXIII translated by C.E Bosworth, State University of New York Press, published 1991, page 76
  3. Mohamed Rekaya. "Le Ḫurram-dīn et les mouvements ḫurramites sous les 'Abbāsides: Réapparition du Mazdakisme ou Manifestation des G̣ulāt-Musulmans Dans l'Ex-Empire Sassanide aux VIIIe et IXe Siècles AP. J.-C.?", Studia Islamica, No. 60. (1984), p. 46
  4. Mohammad Arshad. An Advanced History of Islam, Ideal Publications, 1967, p. 309
  5. Emeri “van” Donzel. Islamic Desk Reference, BRILL, 1994, ISBN 9004097384, p. 110