Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Badr (624)

The Battle of Badr was a small affair, involving maybe around 1250 combatants in total, but seeing as how it was the the first military victory by a Muslim army (of sorts), I suppose you could say it’s pretty important. It was the first of three named battles (amid what were probably many more very small skirmishes) between Muhammad’s Medinan followers and the Quraysh who’d chased him out of Mecca. That series of clashes ended, as we know, with a Muslim victory and, well, the rest is history.

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