‘The Muslim Who Sacked Mecca’
Abu Tahir was the leader of a mystical offshoot of mainstream Islam known as ‘The Qarmatians’.
He created a kind of ‘proto-communist’ enclave on the Arabian peninsula, and successfully defended the kingdom from the Abbasid Caliphate.
But soon his hatred of Orthodox Islam would drive him to do something that would cement his place in Islamic history as one of the most despised men to ever have existed.
This episode forms part of our ‘villains’ series.