Mir Jafar Dasni

Mir Jafar bin Mir Hasan Dasni (Kurdish: Mîr Ceferê Dasnî‎), also known as Jafar bin Faharjis, was a Kurdish leader 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] Al-Mu'tasim 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.

Mir Jafar Dasni
Diedc. 841
Abbasid Caliphate
Cause of deathSuicide (In order to avoid being captured alive, He committed suicide by drinking poison)
Other names
  • Mir Jafar bin Mir Hasan Dasni
  • Jafar bin Faharjis
Criminal chargeRebellion against State (Treason)
PenaltyNone (died by drinking Poison)
Datec. 838 – 841

Al-Mu'tasim 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.


  1. ^ M. Th. Houtsma, 1993, E. J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936: Volume 4 - Page 1136, Brill
  2. ^ Bois, Thomas (1966). The Kurds. Beirut: Khayats. p. 87.
  3. ^ Kevin Alan Brook, 2009, The Jews of Khazaria, page 184, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc.