Yarmouk, 636AD: The Muslim Conquest of Syria

Yarmouk, 636AD: The Muslim Conquest of Syria

Paperback Campaign Series

By (author) David Nicolle

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 244mm x 8mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 26 May 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1855324148
  • ISBN 13: 9781855324145
  • Illustrations note: b&w photographs, colour illustrations, maps, facsimiles
  • Sales rank: 785,508

Product description

Osprey's Campaign title for one of the battles in which Muslims attempted to overtake Syria. In 636 AD, after protracted skirmishing and minor engagements the Arab and Byzantine armies faced each other on the banks of the Yarmuk river. The Byzantines were initially successful, driving back the Arab right wing. Finally, though, the Arab counter-attacks broke the Byzantine lines and the subsequent pursuit became a rout. The awful fate of the fleeing Byzantine soldiers was remembered for several generations until it was recorded in early Islamic histories. David Nicolle not only looks at the battle itself but also the whole decisive Arab campaign - from the Muslim invasion of 633/4 to the fall of Byzantine Syria.

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David Nicolle was born in 1944, the son of the illustrator Pat Nicolle. He worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before going 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written many books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. David lives and works in Leicestershire, UK.