Al-Andalus Rises


Al-Andalus Rises is the first in a multi-part series covering the history of Al-Andalus or Islamic Spain. For seven centuries Islam ruled in Spain, a period which gave rise to great pioneers in all facets of civilisation. From the Sahaba who were the first to set foot in Egypt, to those who followed their mission all the way to the Spanish coast, Islamic Legacy will study the great men behind the great feats that led to the dramatic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the year 711CE. From this Al-Andalus arose and with it a unique chapter in Islamic history began.


Eid-ul-adha about 1400 years ago:

A small army settles in the town of Arish in northern Sinai. It is the day of Eid-ul-adha, a day of offering prayers and sacrifice. The takbiraat fill the air. This is but a short rest for these men are on a daunting mission. Four thousand men, led by the astute companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Amr ibn Al'Aas, will take on the might of Byzantine Egypt in an attempt to spread Islam to the land of the Pharaohs. This is no easy task. Even the Muslim Khalifah, Umar ibn Khattab has his doubts. 40,000 men were involved in the Syrian campaign, will a meagre 4000 be enough to taken on the might of Egypt? These 4000 men would open the way for conquest that would reach the very heart of Europe itself!

Al-Andalus Rises

The History of Islamic Spain

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