Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of al-Qadisiyah (636)

There are battles throughout history that are decisive for purely military reasons, and then there are battles that are decisive for reasons that go far beyond that. Take two famous examples from the Second Punic War. Hannibal’s victory at the Battle of Cannae (216 BCE) was pretty damn decisive from a military perspective. It’s hard… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of al-Qadisiyah (636)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Yarmouk (636)

If you were inclined to rank the most important battles in world history, the Battle of Yarmouk probably should be pretty high on your list. It eliminated, over the course of one 6-day battle, almost the entirety of the Byzantine Empire’s military presence south of the Taurus Mountains, leaving Syria and the rest of the… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Yarmouk (636)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of al-Qadisiyah (636)

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There are battles throughout history that are decisive for purely military reasons, and then there are battles that are decisive for reasons that go far beyond that. Take two famous examples from the Second Punic War. Hannibal’s victory at the Battle of Cannae (216 BCE)…

Today in European history: the Muslims invade Hispania (711)

One of the perils of talking about historical events that happened centuries ago in places that, at the time at least, were far removed from the centers of civilization is that you have to rely on some potentially pretty inaccurate sources to try to date anything. So I don’t want you to fixate on April… Continue reading Today in European history: the Muslims invade Hispania (711)