Opening: The Muslim conquest of Palestine was not an expeditious event, at any rate not in present-day terms.
Cor Blimey Missus! This is huge, dense, scholarly and, let’s face it, completely off-putting. Until you get into it that is, and if you skim through to the chapters you are really interested in learning about, Gil’s breeze block is probably the best there is on the subject.
This history is dripping with buboes and blood.
From wiki: The Battle of Yarmouk was a major battle between the army of the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim Arab forces of the Rashidun Caliphate. The battle consisted of a series of engagements that lasted for six days in August 636, near the Yarmouk River, along what today are the borders of Syria–Jordan and Syria–Israel, east of the Sea of Galilee. The result of the battle was a complete Muslim victory which ended Byzantine rule in Syria. The Battle of Yarmouk is regarded as one of the most decisive battles in military history, and it marked the first great wave of Islamic conquests after the death of Muhammad, heralding the rapid advance of Islam into the then Christian Levant.
SIEGE OF JERUSALEM 637: Following the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem, Jews were once again allowed to live and practice their religion in Jerusalem, 8 years after their massacre by the Byzantines and nearly 500 years after their expulsion from Judea by the Roman Empire.
691: the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik commissioned the construction of the Dome of the Rock over a large outcropping of bedrock on the Temple Mount.
747: Devastating earthquake where the eastern and western sides of the Dome of the Rock collapsed.
789: during the days of the Abbasid caliph HZriin al-Rashid, a
pool was built in Randa
969-1029: THE WAR OF SIXTY YEARS: Fatimid invasion
1036-38: TRUCE WITH BYZANTIUM to enable rebuilding of churches destroyed under Fatamid occupation
~1073: INVASION OF THE TURCOMANS
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