Today in Middle Eastern history: Maʿarrat al-Nuʿman (1098)

The successful siege of the city of Maʿarrat al-Nuʿman was the first step along the First Crusade’s coastal march on the way from Antioch to Jerusalem, but that’s not why it’s memorable. Even more important than its strategic position, for the Crusaders, Maʿarra was (or at least they thought it was) a potential source of… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Maʿarrat al-Nuʿman (1098)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Maʿarrat al-Nuʿman (1098)

The successful siege of the city of Maʿarrat al-Nuʿman was the first step along the First Crusade’s coastal march on the way from Antioch to Jerusalem, but that’s not why it’s memorable. Even more important than its strategic position, for the Crusaders, Maʿarra was (or at least they thought it was) a potential source of… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Maʿarrat al-Nuʿman (1098)