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Syndication

In many ways, it was more of an organized mob. There were no uniforms and no ranks.
- Commanders were appointed at will, generally based on accomplishment or tribal position.
- Their weapons was whatever they could find. Many of them came from defeated Persian and Roman soldiers
- Most armies have to deal with supplies and feeding thousands of people. Many of the soldiers traveled with their families
- The Arabs didn't have that problem as they carried their food with them and were used to living on very little
- They could live for days, even weeks on just dates, water, and camel milk.
- This allowed KIW and other commanders to travel long distances with no supply chain or base of operations
- The desert itself was another advantage. Most of the Roman soldiers were not used to it.
- Unless they were invading a city, the Muslims usually fought with their backs to the desert.
- If they were ambushed or fought in the open country, they could slip into the desert where their enemey couldn't follow.
- The four armies sent by Abu Bakr pushed into southern Syria (modern day Jordan) and conquered many small towns

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2-3: Khalid And Persia

Two major empires in the area at this time: Persian and Byzantine
- Persian culture and power goes far back into Biblical times, even before Cyrus the Great (islamiclearningmaterials.com/gogandmagog)
- Once conquered by Alexander the Great
- Went through several dynastic changes
- Sassanid Empire was the last non-Muslim Persian dynasty
- Came into power 400 years before Prophet's birth
- By the time Prophet was in Medina, Sassanid Empire was going through political turmoil and very weak

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2-2: Apostasy And War

Reasons for rebellion
 - False prophets
 - Unwilling to pay Zakah
 - Dislike of central authority
 - Not fully invested in Islam
- Abu Bakr's five step plan
 1. Protect Medina and hold out until Usamah returns with army
 2. When Usamah returns divide the army and send them to different parts of Arabian Peninsula
 3. Retake central-western Arabia creating a safe zone around Medina
 4. Concentrate on the big players (false prophets) and then take on Musailamah
 5. When the center's pacified, focus on smaller rebels in north and south

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2-1: Abu Bakr And The Caliphate

Welcome to a new season of the Islamic History Podcast. In this season, we're going to cover the first 100 years of history after Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) death.

We will discuss the last days of the Prophet's life as well as the election of Abu Bakr to be his successor. Additionally, we will also see how the Wars of Apostasy began.

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