Battle of Aqbat al-Bakr

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Battle of Aqbat al-Bakr
Part of the Fitna of al-Andalus
Map Iberian Peninsula 1000-es.svg
The Iberian Peninsula in 1000 a.d.
Date2 June 1010
LocationEspiel, Spain
Result Rebel victory.
Allah.svg Muslim Rebels
Armas de Aragon.png County of Barcelona
Armas de Aragon.png County of Empúries
Armas de Aragon.png County of Urgell
Allah.svg Caliphate of Córdoba
Commanders and leaders
Allah.svg Muhammad ibn Hisham
Armas de Aragon.pngRamon Borrell
Armas de Aragon.pngHugh I
Armas de Aragon.pngErmengol I
Allah.svgSulayman ibn al-Hakam
10,000 Unknown
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The Battle of Aqbat al-Bakr (2 June 1010) was a battle of the Fitna of al-Andalus that took place in the area in and around Espiel, Spain. The battle took place between the forces of the Caliphate of Cordoba, whose forces were commanded by Sulayman ibn al-Hakam, and the Muslim rebel forces of the Catalan-Andalusian alliance trying to overthrow their Caliph overlords under the command of Muhammad ibn Hisham, al-Tagr Al-Awsat and several Christian warlords including Ermengol I, Hugh I, and Ramon Borrell.[1][2]

The two armies met at Espiel on 2 June 1010 and the forces of the Caliphate of Cordoba were decisively routed, marking one of the first battles of the war and a significant gain for the rebel Catalan-Andalusian alliance. Although this battle took place in the general time frame of the Spanish Reconquista, it was not unusual for Christian and Muslim forces to join together to achieve common goals.


  1. ^ Wadih (ed.). "Biografia de Wadih" (in Spanish).
  2. ^ Suárez Fernández, Luis (1976). Historia de España Antigua y Media. Volume 23 of Manuales Universitarios Rialp. Ediciones Rialp. p. 667. ISBN 8432118826.
  • The information in this article is translated from its Spanish equivalent.

Coordinates: 38°11′00″N 5°01′00″W / 38.1833°N 5.0167°W / 38.1833; -5.0167