The Battle of Yarmouk: A Decisive Turning Point in World History

TLDR The Battle of Yarmouk in 636 between the Islamic Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire was a significant battle that shaped the world for the next 1400 years. Led by Khalid ibn al-Walid, the Muslim forces emerged victorious, resulting in a major shift in the geopolitical landscape of the seventh century.

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00:00 The Battle of Yarmouk in 636 shaped world history for the next 1400 years and had a significant impact on the geography of the world today.
01:43 The host considers doing an episode on the greatest battles in world history and explores the concept of what makes a battle truly significant.
03:17 The Battle of Yarmouk was the first major battle between the early Islamic Caliphate and the Christian Byzantine Empire, occurring in the early 7th century during a time when the Byzantine Empire was at its peak and the Sasanian Empire was its biggest adversary.
04:43 The Rashidun Caliphate, led by the general Khalid ibn al-Walid, clashed with the Byzantines near the Yarmouk River in 636, with the Muslim army emerging victorious.
06:16 The Byzantine forces, consisting of a mix of different ethnicities and languages, were larger in number than the Muslim forces led by El Walid, but they faced issues with supplies and food, and were ultimately beaten back by El Walid and his men.
07:42 On the final day of the battle, El Walid enacted his plan of attack, surrounding the Byzantine infantry on three sides and ultimately leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of Byzantine soldiers, while the Islamic forces only lost a few thousand men, resulting in a significant shift in the geopolitical landscape of the seventh century.
09:14 The Battle of Yarmouk was a decisive battle in world history, and if the Muslim forces had been defeated, the course of world history would have been radically different, with the expansion of the Caliphate halted and the Muslim forces pushed back into the Arabian Peninsula.
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