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Ruled in sixth-century Yemen on behalf of the Negus of Abyssinia. Attacked Mecca in 570. His assault was, according to the Quran (surah 105), foiled by God, who sent a flock of birds that bombarded his army with clay pellets. The event is important for the traditional dating of Muhammad's birth.

See also Year of the Elephant

Subjects: Islam — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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