Battle of Tabarka
The Battle of Tabarka was a military engagement fought between the forces of the Umayyad Caliphate and Dihya, a Berber queen. The battle took place near the city of Tabarka, Tunisia, in either 701, 702 or 703 AD. The battle resulted in a major victory for the Umayyads and the end of organized Berber resistance to the caliphate.
|Battle of Tabarka|
|Part of the Muslim conquest of North Africa|
|Umayyad Caliphate||Berber tribes|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Hasan ibn al-Nu'man||Dihya †|
During the late 7th century, forces of the Arab-dominated Umayyad Caliphate conducted a decades-long conquest of the Magrheb, then under the nominal control of the Byzantine Empire. One major obstacle to the invasion was Dihya, a Berber queen who had fought against the Umayyad advance into Numidia. In 698, she won a victory over the Umayyads at the Battle of Meskiana, temporarily halting Hassan ibn al-Nu'man's campaign to conquer Numidia.
Regrouping in Libya, the Umayyads invaded Numidia again in either 701, 702 or 703. Dihya gathered many Berber tribes people to resist the new invasion. The two armies clashed near the town of Tabarka near the modern Algeria–Tunisia border, where a choke point exists between the Mediterranean sea and the Aurès Mountains. The battle - described as "fierce" - ended in a victory for the Umayyads, the death of Dihya, and the end of organized Berber resistance to the Umayyad invasion.
Dihya was later killed in Bir al-Kahina (al-Kâhina's well), Aurès. Sources disagree on whether Dihya's two sons - both of who survived the battle - converted to Islam before the battle and fought against their mother or converted after the battle in exchange for their lives being spared.
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