Editor says, what if the Sassanids were victorious at the Battle of al-Qadisiyyah? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality the Battle of al-Qadisiyyah lasted four days. Fighting was bloody but inconclusive until the fourth day, when Rostam's war elephants were driven from the battle for good. Rostam was killed in the battle, and his army disintegrated without a leader, giving a great victory to the Muslims, who would soon conquer Persia and add it to the Rashidun Caliphate. After centuries of religious persecution, only a handful of Zoroastrians remain, and Iran is the seat of Shia Islam. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.