Maqtal al-Husayn

Maqtal al-Husayn (Arabic: مقتل الحسين) is the title of various books written by different authors throughout the centuries which narrate the story of the battle of Karbala and the death of Hussain ibn Ali. They were first written in the eighth century.


Books which recount the death of revered Muslim individuals were composed in large numbers during the eighth and ninth centuries and even today among Muslims are defined as Maqtal.[1]

List of famous Maqtals

Maqtals that have not survived:

See also


  1. Chase F. Robinson, Islamic Historiography (Cambridge University Press, 2003), p. 34.
  2. A Glance at the Sources on the Tragedy of ‘Àshêrà
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