The Islamic Conquest of SyriaBy: Waqidi, Abu Abd Allah Muhammad b. Umar (ca.130/207 - 747/823)
The Islamic Conquest of Syria, is a first complete English translation of "Futuhusham", the ninth century Arabic classic detailing the Muslim advance in Syria. The English reader has, for the first time, the opportunity to read about the great epic struggle of a small ill-equipped band of Muslims that overthrew the superpower of their day. Events only briefly mentioned in other books are graphically described here, such as the Battle of Yarmuk, which changed the course of world history. The great personalities of early Islam are brought to life in a unique way. The strategies of Khalid bin al-Walid, the piety of Abu Ubaydah al-Jarrah, the bravery of Dirar al-Kindi and many more are vividly described. The text also sheds light on some lesser known aspects of Islamic history such as the significant role of women and Roman princes who had embraced Islam.
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