Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Chaldiran (1514)

Today is the anniversary of a battle that had far-reaching implications for the Middle East, but that gets relatively little recognition if you’re not a specialist in either Ottoman or Safavid history. I happen to know a bit about both (though I wouldn’t call myself a specialist in…well, anything, come to think of it), so… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Chaldiran (1514)

Today in Middle East history: a couple of greatest hits

There’s nothing like recycling material when you’re taking a break, am I right? Today is the (likely) anniversary of the appointment of Umar b. al-Khattab as the second Caliph in 634. Umar succeeded the departed Abu Bakr, who died on August 22. Umar’s caliphate saw caliphal armies defeat both of the great empires of the… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: a couple of greatest hits

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Chaldiran (1514)

Today is the anniversary of a battle that had far-reaching implications for the Middle East, but that gets relatively little recognition if you’re not a specialist in either Ottoman or Safavid history. I happen to know a bit about both (though I wouldn’t call myself a specialist in…well, anything, come to think of it), so… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Chaldiran (1514)