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This chapter is chiefly concerned with the literary and historical view of the contest between black and white as given by al-Yaʿqūbī and Ibn Kathīr; more details from other sources are also given, for example part of J. Wellhausen, Das arabische Reich und sein Sturz. As the years went by the situation changed, although the colour black remained of importance. The revolutionary action started successfully in the farflung province of Khurasan, where the Propagandist and supreme leader Abu Muslim had chosen the colour black to express his sorrow and feeling of mourning about the misfortune which had again struck the person of the Imam. Fashions change, however. The eternity of the black Shadow soon appeared to be confined within a relatively short period of time, because in the year 358 AH, the contrasting colour white appeared in Egypt which manifested itself in flags and standards.

Keywords: black; Das arabische Reich und sein Sturz; Imam; white



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