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On This Day: Arabs win historic victory over Byzantines at Battle of Yarmuk

August 20, 2021 marks 1,385 years since the Battle of the Yarmuk, a historic battle between the Byzantine Empire and the Rashidun Caliphate in one of the first major clashes between the Islamic world and Christendom that saw the beginning of Islamic expansion out of the Arabian peninsula and the start of Islamic rule over the Levant.

The historical context for this battle comes following the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632 CE, four years earlier, after he and his armies succeeded in conquering the Arabian peninsula and spreading Islam. He was succeeded by his father-in-law Abu Bakr, who became the first caliph, who was later succeeded just two years later by the second caliph Umar.

From an article in the Jerusalem Post

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