Honourable Mention: Yarmouk – The Necessity of Studying the Battle in Early Medieval Military Historiography

Md Saifuz Zaman


The military successes of the fledgling Arab Caliphate of the 7th century, against the more established Byzantine and Persian empires, have been commonly attributed to religious fervour or fortuity. Often neglected is the fact that the Arabs had several commanders whose superior generalship compensated for a lack of resources and organization. Therefore the battles fought during these campaigns have to be re-examined to incorporate how military leadership played its part in the victories. The Battle of Yarmouk is one such encounter where the traditional historiographies require re-evaluation in order to encompass the effectiveness of the Caliphate army under the direction of Khalid ibn al-Walid.

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