The Saracens from the Earliest Times to the Fall of Baghdad

The Saracens from the Earliest Times to the Fall of Baghdad

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 2004-04-01 edition. Excerpt: ...places were well garrisoned. In the spring of 636 Amr prepared to begin active operation in his department, and first attacked the Romans at Ajnadein, a place west of Jerusalem.. We have no details of the struggle, but are simply told that the battle was as fierce and bloody as that in the gorge of the Yermuk, which is as emphatic an expression as the historian thought he could possibly use. The Romans fell back upon Jerusalem, and Amr quickly took possession of Joppa, Gaza, and all the other strongholds that might interfere with his proposed attempt upon the Holy City. The Roman general in command lost courage before Amr actually arrived at the gates of Jerusalem, and hastily retreated in the direction of Egypt, leaving the patriarch to act as he thought best. He asked terms of peace, only stipulating that Omar should come in person to receive the capitulation, because, as tradition asserts, there was a prophecy in the books of the Jews that the city should one day be captured by a king having but three letters in his name, and that of Omar comprised no more in the Arabic tongue. It is said that this tradition, and the military successes of Amr, caused the Roman general to lose heart, and the explanation redeems his courage at the expense of his superstition, which we must confess, however, was only that of his age. The sight of a man travelling over the deserts from Medina to Syria is no new one to us; but on an occasion so exceptional as this, we might well expect to see some circumstances differing from the ordinary. No successor of the prophet had before this journeyed beyond the limits of Arabia; the kalif was now more powerful than the king of Persia or the emperor of the Romans; would he not make through the dominions more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236881494
  • 9781236881496