Today in Middle Eastern history: the Siege of Damascus ends (634)

Hey all: I may need to be off the blog today–we’ll see how the day goes–but as today is the anniversary of the 634 Arab siege of Damascus, I can still offer you something to read:

Before the Battle of Yarmouk broke Byzantine military power south of the Taurus and Anti-Taurus Mountains pretty much for good, caliphal forces had already taken the jewel of Roman Syria, Damascus, nearly two years earlier. Talking about how they did so may help illustrate part of the reason why the Arab armies had such a relatively easy time conquering such a big chunk of the Byzantine Empire.

Source: Today in Middle Eastern history: the Siege of Damascus ends (634)

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