November 1, 2009

Mulla Husayn's Sword

In October 1848 Mulla Husayn and about seventy one of his companions arrive near the town of Barfurush in northern Persia. One of the lead clergy in that town felt threatened by their presence. He instructs the townspeople to go outside the gates of the town and attack them. Seven of Mulla Husayn’s companions were subsequently killed. In the resulting battle the townspeople are defeated and they beg for truce, to which Mulla Husayn agreed. It was during this battle that Mulla Husayn, in one blow from his sword, cut in half an attacker, his musket and the tree behind which the man was hiding.