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

The two great Arab military victories of 636, the Battle of Yarmouk against the Byzantines and the Battle of al-Qadisiyah against the Sasanian Persians, were decisive in both in purely military and in geopolitical terms. Taken individually, they changed the course of both of the defeated empires--the Byzantines would never again hold significant territory south … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of al-Qadisiyah (636)

Islamic History, Part 2: The pre-Islamic world

Islamic History Series There are two contextual parts to understanding the rise and rapid spread of Islam in the 7th century: the Arabian context and the wider world with which Arabia interacted. Students learning the history of Islam are usually taught the wider context first, probably because the Arabian context really flows directly into the … Continue reading Islamic History, Part 2: The pre-Islamic world