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September, 8, 562 A.D.:
Yemen Seeks Persian Help

By: Mir M.Hosseini

Tribal leaders from Yemen were accepted by king Anoushirvan at the Tisfun palace. The Ethiopian occupation of Yemen around 520 with Byzantine help established the kingdom of Aksum, primarily, to cut off silk supplies as part of economic war against the Persians.
After consulting advisors and military officers, the Persian king sent troops from Kerman and Fars provinces under the command of Vahriz. Although the Persian army were less in number, their valor brought victory. Vahriz who killed Aksum king Masruq with his well-aimed arrow, helped drive the Ethiopian Aksumites out of Yemen.
Thus, Southern Arabia became a Persian dominion under a Yemenite vassal and later came within the sphere of influence of the Sassanid Empire. Later it became a province of the Sassanid Empire under a Persian Satrap on Sep, 26, 597. After the death of Khosrau Parviz in 628, the Persian Satrap Badhan, converted to Islam and Yemen followed the new religion.

KEY TERMS:Anoushirvan , Arab , Arabia , Badhan , Byzantine , Ethiopia , Fars , Islam , Kerman , Khosrau , Khosrau Parviz , Parviz , Persia , Persian , Sassan , Sassanid , Satrap , Tisfun , Vahriz , Yemen

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