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A camel in Arabia

The Basus (or Basous) War (often written al-Basus War; Arabic language: حرب البسوسḥarb al-basūs) was a conflict for 40 years between two rival clans in medieval Arabia because of a dispute over a camel.[1] The Taghlib and Bakr tribes fought for roughly forty years (from 494-534 CE), locked in a perpetual cycle of vengeance. In parts of the Arab World today, the Basus War has been incorporated into an aphorism warning people against vendettas.[2]

See also

  • Al-Zeir Salim


  1. Kamal Suleiman Salibi (1980). A history of Årabia. p. 68.
  2. The Detailed History of Arabs Prior to Islam by Jawad Ali, Baghdad University 1993

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