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Islamic History Podcast

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We often overlook Islamic history as a learning tool. The history of Islam is not only important for Muslims, but important for everyone. Islam and the people who call themselves Muslims have made an enormous impact on our world. The Islamic History Podcast is about discovering that history in a fun… read more

171 Episodes | 2015 - 2024


February 22nd, 2024


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Bonus: Umayyad Caliphate 3-1

January 29th, 2024


A portion of the first episode of the third season of the Umayyad Caliphate.

9-16: Farrukh Siyar’s Folly

January 22nd, 2024


Farrukh Siyar angers the wrong people.

9-15: Farrukh Siyar’s Revolt

January 15th, 2024


Farrukh Siyar revolts against Jahandar.

9-14: Jahandar’s Alliance

January 8th, 2024


A new alliance brings a new Emperor.

9-12: Aurangzeb’s Jizyah

December 25th, 2023


Why did Aurangzeb impose the jizyah?

9-10: Aurangzeb’s Enemies

December 4th, 2023


Aurangzeb fights Afghans, English, Marathas, and Rajputs.

9-9: Aurangzeb’s Problems

November 20th, 2023


The Marathas and the Deccan are problems for Aurangzeb

9-8: Aurangzeb’s Brothers

November 13th, 2023


A winner emerges from the fratricidal war.

9-6: Shah Jahan’s Ambition

October 30th, 2023


Shah Jahan's ambitions cause problems for the Mughals.

9-5: Shah Jahan’s Rise

October 23rd, 2023


The death of Jahangir and the rise of Shah Jahan

Bonus: Gaza 2023

October 16th, 2023


Discussing the recent events in Gaza

9-4: Jahangir’s Troubles

October 5th, 2023


As Jahangir grows sicker and more dependent on his wife and opium, a political scuffle begins.

9-3: Jehangir’s Family

September 25th, 2023


Jehangir deals with a rebellion led by his son.

9-2: Akbar’s Death

September 18th, 2023


The death and legacy of Akbar the Great.

9-1: Akbar’s Administration

September 11th, 2023


How did Akbar manage his sprawling empire?

9-0 Introduction

September 4th, 2023


Introducing Season 9 of the Islamic History Podcast where we continue the story of the Mughal Empire.

Afghanistan 1-1: The Chaos Begins

May 31st, 2023


The political history of Afghanistan from 1826 to 1978. It's not good.

The Umayyad Caliphate 2-13: Al-Andalus

May 31st, 2023


The Umayyad forces complete the conquest of North Africa, then cross over into Iberia.


The Umayyad Caliphate 2-11: Sindh 1

May 31st, 2023


Hajjaj ibn Yusuf sends his young cousin, Muhammad ibn al-Qasim, east to capture Sindh.


The Umayyad Caliphate 2-1: The Peacock Army 1

May 31st, 2023


Beginning of the Umayyad Caliphate Season 2. We recap Season 1, provide expectations for Season 2, and continue our discussion of Ibn al-Ash'ath's rebellion.


The Umayyad Caliphate 1-1: Introduction

May 30th, 2023


Discussing the development of the Islamic Caliphate from the death of Prophet Muhammad to the death of Ibn Zubayr.

Saladin 19 - The Battle of Hattin

May 30th, 2023


As-Salaamu Alaikum, welcome back to Islamic History Exclusive. 

This is the podcast exclusively for Patreon subscribers of the Islamic History Podcast. 

In this series, we are going over the life of Salahuddin al-Ayyubi …

Saladin 3: Crusader Conquest of Jerusalem 1

May 30th, 2023


The Crusaders have reached Jerusalem and prepare for a siege and assault.

Ibn Zubayr 6 - The Penitents and Mukhtar

May 30th, 2023


Ibn Zubayr's governor is in Kufah but the Shiite's do not recognize his authority. Two groups of Shiites are growing in Kufah and they want to get revenge for Husayn ibn Ali's death.

8-16: Akbar and Religion

April 17th, 2023


Akbar tries to remove all religious divisions in his empire by creating a new religion.

8-15: Akbar and the Rajputs

April 10th, 2023


Akbar neutralizes the Rajputs using a combination of diplomacy and warfare.

8-14: Akbar and his Handlers

April 3rd, 2023


Akbar is only a teenager when he becomes the Mughal emperor and everyone wants a piece of him.

8-13: Humayun and Akbar

March 27th, 2023


India is in chaos and the people want Humayun to come back. Can he pull off one of the greatest comebacks in history?

8-12: Humayun and the Safavids

March 20th, 2023


After losing his empire, Humayun receives help from an unlikely source: the Safavid Empire.

8-11: Humayun and the Portuguese

March 13th, 2023


As Humayun struggles to establish his authority, Portugal struggles to create a new trade network in the subcontinent.

8-10: Babur and the Afghans

March 6th, 2023


With the Rajputs pacified for the time being, Babur turns his attention to his Afghan enemies.

8-9: Babur and the Rajputs

February 27th, 2023


Babur has two major obstacles standing in his way in India. One of them, are the Rajputs, a mighty warrior caste.

8-8: Babur and India

February 20th, 2023


Babur begins his first raids into India setting the stage for the establishment of the Mughal Dynasty.

8-7: Babur and the Uzbeks

February 13th, 2023


Babur begins his invasion of Afghanistan but has to deal with the Uzbek warlord, Shaybani Khan.

8-6: Babur and Samarkand

February 6th, 2023


The early life of Babur and his attempts to capture Samarkand.

8-5: Tamerlane and Asia

January 30th, 2023


Discussing the rise and conquests of Timur the Lame.

8-4: Civil War and Mongols

January 23rd, 2023


Discussing the breakup of the Mongol Empire.

8-3: Baghdad and Mongols

January 16th, 2023


Hulegu Khan and the Ilkhanate initiates a siege on the Abbasid capital of Baghdad in 1258.

8-2: Muslims and Mongols

January 9th, 2023


Genghis Khan leads his Mongol army into Central Asia. One of his first opponents, is the Muslim Khwarezm Shah Empire. This begins the long, bloody, …

8-1: Chinese and Mongols

January 2nd, 2023


In this episode, we discuss the rise of Genghis Khan, and how he united the Mongol tribes and began expanding into China and Central Asia.

8-0: Introduction

December 26th, 2022


Introducing the Mughal Empire

Bonus 7-15: Battle of Talas 2

December 5th, 2022


The Muslim soldiers of the Abbasid Caliphate prepare to face off with the Chinese soldiers of the Tang Dynasty.

Bonus 7-14: The Battle of Talas 1

October 31st, 2022


The Battle of Talas was a pivotal moment in history and one of the earliest engagements between Muslim and Chinese forces. 

This battle involved the …

Bonus 7-13: Christianity to NOI to Islam

October 3rd, 2022


In this episode, I interview Brother Wali Muhammad, an elder from my local Masjid. 

We discuss his journey growing up a black man in North Carolina …

Bonus 7-12: Malik Ambar 3

September 5th, 2022


Politics in the Mughal capital of Delhi have a major impact on Malik Ambar's desire to keep Ahmadnagar independent.

Bonus 7-11: Malik Ambar 2

August 15th, 2022


Malik Ambar continues to lead the Ahmadnagar Sultanate's resistance against the Mughal Empire.

Bonus 7-10: Malik Ambar 1

August 1st, 2022


Malik Ambar was an East African Muslim who was also the effective ruler of the Ahmadnagar Sultanate in the Deccan region of India.

In this episode, …

Bonus: Islam, Slavery, And Africa 3

July 11th, 2022


Part 3 of a collaboration with Maajid Hussain of the Islamic Vibes Podcast discussing Islam, slavery, and Africa.

Bonus: Islam, Slavery, and Africa 2

July 4th, 2022


Part 2 of a collaboration with Maajid Hussain of the Islamic Vibes Podcast discussing Islam, slavery, and Africa.

Bonus: Islam, Slavery, and Africa 1

June 27th, 2022


This is a collaboration with Maajid Hussain of the Islamic Vibes Podcast discussing Islam, slavery, and Africa.

Basically, Muslim’s role in the …

Replay: Freemasons And Islam

June 21st, 2022


Originally aired: December 22, 2019

Why are so many Muslims distrustful of the Freemasons? In this episode, we'll explore the history of Freemasons …

Bonus: Sokoto Caliphate 2

June 13th, 2022


With Hijra from Gobir, Shehu Uthman dan Fodiyo launches a jihad against the rulers of Hausaland. Little by little, the Sokoto Caliphate begins to …

Bonus: Somalia and Islam 2

May 30th, 2022


Mohammed Artan joins us again to drop knowledge on Islam in Somalia and East Africa.

Bonus: Sokoto Caliphate 1

May 16th, 2022


The Sokoto Caliphate was one of the most influential and famous sub-Saharan Islamic empires. Founded by Shehu Uthman dan Fodio, the Sokoto Caliphate was born from a struggle against injustice.

Read and download some of …

Bonus: Ibn Fadlan 2

April 27th, 2022


While in Volga Bulgaria, Ibn Fadlan witnesses a Viking funeral and records what he saw. We'll also compare the historical Ibn Fadlan to the Hollywood …

Bonus: Ibn Fadlan 1

April 11th, 2022


Ibn Fadlan traveled to the land of the Volga Bulgarians as part of an embassy from the Abbasid Caliph. While there, he encountered a group of Vikings …

Bonus: Vikings And Muslims

March 28th, 2022


A few interesting historical interactions between Vikings and Muslims.

7-17: Final Analysis

March 21st, 2022


Closing thoughts on the Bosnian War.

7-16: Kosovo and Milosevic

March 14th, 2022


2 million ethnic-Albanian Kosovars are ruled by 200000 Serbs. Serbian President, Slobodan Milosevic, built his political platform on repressing the …

7-15: Bosnia and Dayton

March 7th, 2022


After the fall of Srebrenica and Zepe, and another market attack, the United States is finally ready to take the lead in ending the war in Bosnia.

7-14: Bosnia and Srebrenica

February 28th, 2022


In the summer of 1995, the Muslim enclaves of Srebrenica and Zepe fall to the Serbs.

7-13: Bosnia and the U.S.

February 21st, 2022


Frustrated with the European's and UN's handling of the violence in Bosnia, the United States takes a more active role.

7-12: Bosnia and NATO

February 14th, 2022


After a deadly market massacre and a siege on Gorazde, the United Nations finally calls on NATO to conduct airstrikes.

7-11: Bosnia and the UN

February 7th, 2022


The United Nations played a dubious role in the Bosnian War. The UN did little to stop the violence and their presence actually enabled the Bosnian …

7-10: Bosnia and the Croats

January 31st, 2022


As the war intensifies in late 1992, the Bosniaks are faced with a new enemy: their former Croatian allies.

7-9: Bosnia and the Serbs

January 24th, 2022


With the violence in Croatia complete, all eyes turn to Bosnia which is also considering seceding from Yugoslavia.

7-8: Milosevic and Yugoslavia

January 17th, 2022


Tensions rise in Yugoslavia as up-and-coming politician, Slobodan Milosevic, pushes an aggressive form of Serb nationalism.

7-7: Tito and Yugoslavia

January 10th, 2022


Two world wars change the fate of the Balkans forever. Marshal Josep Broz Tito to rises to power as the leader of Yugoslavia.

7-6: Austria and Yugoslavia

January 3rd, 2022


Bosnia becomes part of the Austria-Hungary Kingdom in 1878. For the first time ever, Bosnian Muslims are under the authority of a non-Muslim government.

7-5: Bosnians and Ottomans

December 28th, 2021


We look at how Islam came to Bosnia and the impact of Ottoman and Islamic culture on Bosnia.

7-4: Byzantines and Ottomans

December 21st, 2021


The Byzantine Empire (what's left of it, anyway) has been a thorn in the Ottoman's side for too long. Sultan Mehmed II prepares to conquer …

7-3: Crusaders and Ottomans

December 13th, 2021


Shocked by the Ottoman victory at Kosovo in 1389, Western and Eastern Europe unite in a Crusade to drive them out of the Balkans for good.

7-2: Serbs and Ottomans

December 7th, 2021


Prince Lazar of Serbia leads a Christian coalition against the Ottomans who are rapidly expanding into the Balkans.

7-1: Turks and Ottomans

November 30th, 2021


From the steppes of Central Asia, thousands of Turkish people migrate to Anatolia and the Middle East. 

These new arrivals become first the Seljuk …

7-0: The Bosnian War of the 1990’s

November 29th, 2021


Here's what's going to happen during Season 7 of the Islamic History Podcast

Somalia And Islam Part 1

April 19th, 2021


Mohammed Artan joins us to talk about the history of Islam in Somalia. 

Mohammed Artan was born in Somalia, raised in the Netherlands, and currently lives in England. He is the director and founder of Looh Press, a …

6-14: Final Analysis

April 14th, 2021


Final words and analysis regarding the current situation in the Middle East.

6-13: Palestine And Iraq Part II

April 7th, 2021


The Arab Spring brings even more turmoil to the Middle East while Hamas and Fatah battle for control of Palestine. And in Iraq, the Insurgency morphs …

6-12: Intifada And Insurgency

March 31st, 2021


Things get worse in both Iraq and Palestine. The Second Intifada leads to more deaths on both sides. Meanwhile, the insurgency in Iraq is in full …

6-11: Palestine And Iraq Part I

March 24th, 2021


The Middle East peace process begins to fracture as Israel adopts a harder stance. Things get worse for the Palestinians after the 9-11 attacks. And then the US launches another war against Iraq.

6-10: The 80’s And 90’s

March 17th, 2021


The Eighties are full of turmoil with a civil war in Lebanon, a war between Iran and Iraq, and the First Intifada. 

But the world is hopeful for …

6-9: Crises And Conflicts

March 10th, 2021


After the 1948 war, the Middle East is in turmoil with constant conflict between Israel and the Arab nations. At the same time, a civil war is brewing in Lebanon.

6-8: Arabs And Israelis

March 3rd, 2021


After the British mandate ends, Israel declares its independence. The Arab League declares war and the 1948 Arab-Israeli War is underway.

6-7: WWII And Palestine

February 24th, 2021


A new German threat forces the world to focus on Europe. This new world war will change the fate of the Middle East, especially Palestine, forever.

6-6: The Saudis And Arabia

February 17th, 2021


With Sharif Hussein losing British support, Abdul Aziz ibn Saud prepares to invade the Hijaz. This will lead to the establishment of the Kingdom of …

6-5: Ataturk And Turkey

February 10th, 2021


Mustafa Kemal leads the Turkish Nationalists against the foreign occupiers. However, the British and Greeks are determined to stop him.

6-4: Abdul Aziz And Arabia

February 3rd, 2021


Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, the ruler of Najd, prepares to invade the Hijaz but the British make him back down. Having defeated the Rashidis, the Hashemites …

6-3: Hashemites And Saudis

January 27th, 2021


In the eighteenth century, a Muslim scholar named Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab begins teaching his literalist interpretation of Islam in central Arabia. …

6-2: Syria And Turkey

January 20th, 2021


Prince Faisal really wants Syria but neither the French nor the British want to give it to him. 

Outraged by the Turkish resistance in Anatolia, …

6-1: Anatolia And Iraq

January 13th, 2021


The British are planning to implement the Balfour Declaration while trying to get a handle on how to govern Iraq.

Meanwhile, the Allies from WWI are …

6-0: 100 Years After the Ottomans

January 6th, 2021


Welcome to Season 6 of the Islamic History Podcast.

In this season, we will discuss 100 years of Middle Eastern history after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. 

We will begin with the aftermath of the World War I and …

Bonus: Hassam Munir

August 10th, 2020


Hassam Munir calls himself the “brofessor of Islamic History”, because his goal is to bridge the gap between academia and the general public in the field of Islamic history.

Born in Pakistan, he has lived in …

5-28: Final Analysis

August 3rd, 2020


Final analysis of Season 5 and what to expect for Season 6.

5-27: Armistice And Partition

July 27th, 2020


Part 27 of a series on the partition of the Ottoman Empire mostly focusing on their role in WWI.

In this episode, we discuss the end of the war, the …

5-26: Influenza And Damascus

July 20th, 2020


Part 26 of a series on the partition of the Ottoman Empire mostly focusing on their role in WWI.

In this episode, we discuss the outbreak of the …

5-25: Baku And Transjordan

July 13th, 2020


Part 25 of a series on the partition of the Ottoman Empire mostly focusing on the their role in WWI.

In this episode, we discuss Enver Pasha's role …

5-24: Beersheba And Jerusalem

July 10th, 2020


The Ottomans are outnumbered in Palestine as the British have set their sights on Jerusalem.

5-23: Aqaba And Gaza

June 29th, 2020


Part 23 of a series on the partition of the Ottoman Empire mostly focusing on their role in WWI. This episode discusses the British attempts to …

5-22: Zionists And Palestine

June 8th, 2020


Lloyd George's plan to create a Jewish home in Palestine is backed by growing support for Zionism in Britain.

5-21: Russians And Ottomans

May 26th, 2020


The history of conflict between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire is long, bloody, and complicated.

5-20: Submarines And Americans

May 18th, 2020


Outnumbered and facing starvation, the Germans are getting desperate, and willing to risk bringing the US into the war.

5-19: Lloyd George And The Middle East

May 11th, 2020


Frustrated with the government's poor war effort, the British public chooses a new leader. And he wants to make the defeat of the Ottomans a priority.

5-18: Arabs And Ottomans

May 4th, 2020


Sharif Hussein is ready to launch his Arab Revolt against the Ottomans.

5-17: The British And Mesopotamia

April 27th, 2020


Underestimating Ottoman capabilities, the British attempted to invade Mesopotamia with devastating consequences.

5-16: Turks And Armenians

April 20th, 2020


Ottoman-Armenian relations started to get really bad towards the end of the 19th century. But once the Great War started, they got even worse.

5-15: Sykes And Picot

April 13th, 2020


With Sharif Hussein's promising to rebel against the Ottomans, the British and French have plans of their own. Mark Sykes and Francois Georges-Picot meet in London to discuss their vision of the future of the Middle …

5-14: McMahon And Hussein

April 6th, 2020


Sir Henry McMahon, British High Commission to Egypt, begins a deliberately vague series of letters with Sharif Hussein of Mecca.

5-13: France And Syria

November 11th, 2019


The British have a problem as they can't keep their promises to Sharif Hussein and the French at the same time.

5-12: Al-Faruqi And The Arabs

November 11th, 2019


A mysterious individual named Al-Faruqi is feeding misleading information to Sharif Hussein and the British.

5-11: Gallipoli And Stalemate

November 11th, 2019


The British finally realize their Gallipoli campaign is futile and Winston Churchill takes the blame.

5-10: Gallipoli And Istanbul

November 11th, 2019


The Britain's Gallipoli campaign stalls while the Young Turks make some critical changes.

5-9: Sir Mark Sykes And Arabia

November 11th, 2019


Sir Mark Sykes goes to work for the British War Office and buys into Kitchener's idea of an Arab Caliphate.

5-8: The British And The Dardanelles

November 11th, 2019


The British plan an invasion of Istanbul by attacking the Dardanelles Strait.

5-7: Sarakamish And Suez

November 11th, 2019


The Three Pashas lead the Ottomans into war and immediately face difficulty against the Russians and the British.

5-6: India And Mecca

November 11th, 2019


British India is not to crazy about Lord Kitchener's plan to create an "Arab Caliphate."

5-5: Sharif Hussein And Arab Nationalism

November 11th, 2019


The British begin courting Sharif Hussein ibn Ali, the ruler of Mecca, enticing him to rebel against the Ottomans.

5-4: Lord Kitchener And Britain

November 11th, 2019


Britain's Lord Kitchener plans to create an Arab Caliphate to rival the Ottomans.

5-3: The Ottomans And Germany

November 11th, 2019


Germany's early victories convince the unprepared Ottomans to enter the conflict that will become World War I

5-2: The Young Turks And Churchill

November 10th, 2019


The Young Turks want to change the Ottoman Empire and go looking for an ally.

5-1: The Middle East And Europe

November 10th, 2019


The Ottoman Empire was already well in decline by 1914 and had earned the moniker "Sick Man of Europe."

Israel And Palestine Part I

October 22nd, 2019


We are going to the Israel-Palestine conflict, one of the most controversial subjects of your time. And in true fashion, we're going to try our best …

Talking Pakistan

August 26th, 2019


In this episode, I sit down with Br. Zulfikar Sarosh and discuss more details about Pakistan's history.

Most importantly, we dig into the history of …

Pakistan And Partition Part II

August 19th, 2019


We'll continue the journey of Partition as the Indian subcontinent becomes two new nations.

The All-India Muslim League is in a desperate struggle for relevancy. They have to prove to Britain, the Indian National …

Pakistan And Partition Part 1

July 22nd, 2019


This episode explores how Islam came to Pakistan. Then we'll take a look at the British government that ruled the Indian subcontinent for over a …

Assassins - Saladin - Mongols

June 17th, 2019


The story of the interaction between the Ismaili Assassins, Salahuddeen al-Ayubi, and the Mongols.

A Conversation About Pakistan

May 20th, 2019


We're trying something new today.

I sit down with my teenage daughter Balquis and talk about a lot of random things. But we do eventually get around to talking about Pakistan.

You can support the Islamic History …

The Three A’s Of Pakistan

May 6th, 2019


The Islamic Republic of Pakistan was born on August 14, 1947, with the partition of British India. This partition divided the former British colony …

The Shah And The Ayatollah Part II

January 7th, 2019


The Shah of Iran is unknowingly planting the seeds of rebellion. His secret police stifle political dissent. He's dismissive of the religious …

The Shah And The Ayatollah Part I

December 26th, 2018


Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi became the Shah of Iran at twenty-two years of age. He would go from a powerless figurehead to one of the most powerful …

Burma And The Rohingya

October 15th, 2018


The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar (formerly Burma) are one of the most persecuted people's on the globe. They are not wanted in Burma nor in any other country. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya live as refugees in …

The Songhai Empire: Sunni Ali And Askia Muhammad

September 4th, 2018


This is the third and final episode on the series about Islam in West Africa.

As the Mali Empire declines, another is on the rise. In the forgotten city of Gao, the Sunni Dynasty emerges to make the Songhay Empire the …

The Mali Empire: Sundiata And Mansa Musa

July 9th, 2018


This is the second episode in our series on Islam in West Africa.

In this episode, we're going to explore the origins of the Empire of Mali. We'll …

Gao And Ghana

April 30th, 2018


The first in a series to look at the empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. In this episode, we will introduce the series and take an in-depth look at the city-state of Gao and the rise and fall of the Ghana Empire.

Yemen And The Houthis Part II

February 19th, 2018


With Sana'a under Houthi control, the beleaguered Yemeni government calls out for help. They request military intervention from the GCC nations.

Yemen And The Houthis Part I

January 2nd, 2018


In September 2014, the Houthis captured the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. A few months later, Saudi Arabia launched a campaign to remove the Houthis and reinstall President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi to power.

The Saudi-led …

The Slander Against Aisha

October 27th, 2017


Aisha, the Prophet's wife, is the victim of salacious gossip and rumors. With no one else to help her, she realizes she can only rely on Allah.

Meanwhile, Prophet Muhammad must work hard to keep his small community …

3-10: Mecca And Medina

September 4th, 2017


Instead of bringing peace, the Umayyad victory at Karbala brings even more instability to the Empire. Now the Muslims of Mecca and Medina are more …

3-9: Sunnis And Shias

July 31st, 2017


A brief overview of the similarities and differences between Sunni and Shia.

3-8: Husayn And Karbala Part 2

July 17th, 2017


Husayn and his group are trapped at Karbala. He tries to negotiate with Banu Umayyah, but it goes nowhere.

This episode explores one of the most tragic and pivotal events in Islamic history. With this episode, the …

3-7: Husayn And Karbala Part 1

June 19th, 2017


Husayn is unaware of the fate of his cousin, Muslim ibn Aqeel, in Kufah. The last thing Husayn knew, the Shia in Kufah were waiting for him. With this knowledge, Husayn leaves Mecca with several members of his family, …

3-6: Muslim And Ubaydullah

May 23rd, 2017


Husayn sends his cousin, Muslim ibn Aqil, to see if he really does have support in Kufah. However, Yazid ibn Muawiyyah also sent his ruthless …

3-5: Husayn And Ibn Zubayr

April 17th, 2017


Muawiyyah dies and as planned, his son Yazid succeeds him as Caliph. But there are many people in the Muslim Empire who do not agree with this.

Two …

3-4: Muawiyyah And The Caliphate

March 27th, 2017


Muawiyyah and his administration have subdued the Muslim Empire. Most of Iraq has settled down and his detractors have fell silent. But Muawiyyah is concerned about the future. What's going to happen when he's gone?

3-3: Muawiyyah And Hujr

March 13th, 2017


The Umayyads had the practice of cursing Ali during their sermons. Many of the party of Ali did not like that.

One of these men was Hujr ibn Adi, a companion and commander in Ali's army. When he heard the Umayyads …

3-2: Muawiyyah And Ziyad

March 6th, 2017


Basra is starting to slip out of control with rampant crime and too much rebellion. Muawiyyah is ready to bring in someone new; however, this new guy …

3-1: Muawiyyah and The Khawarij

February 27th, 2017


Welcome back to another season of the Islamic History Podcast!

In this season, we're going to mostly cover the Umayyad Dynasty. The first several episodes will be focused on the founder of this dynasty, Muawiyyah ibn …

2-21: Ali And The Khawarij

January 10th, 2017


As Ali struggled against the Khawarij, his grip on the Caliphate began to slip.

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2-20: Ali And Muawiyyah

January 2nd, 2017


After defeating Aisha at the Battle of the Camel, Ali held most of the Islamic Empire. The only holdout, was Muawiyyah, the powerful governor of …

2-19: Ali and Basra

December 5th, 2016


Talhah and Zubair pledged allegiance to Ali ibn Abi Talib on the condition that he find and punish those responsible for murdering Uthman. But after several months, not much progress had been made.

In fact, many of …

2-18: Ali And Aisha

November 28th, 2016


Ali's Caliphate was already in trouble.

The Umayyah clan was suspicious of him. Muawiyyah refused to acknowledge his leadership. There were gangs of bandits were roaming through Medina. And many companions refused to …

2-17: Uthman and Murder

November 14th, 2016


For several years, there had been a low level of discontent in the Muslim empire. While most of the inhabitants were happy, there were a significant number who were not.

Caliph Uthman had already spoken to his …

2-16: Uthman and the People

November 7th, 2016


Many people mark the beginning of Uthman's troubles with the loss of the Prophet's rings.

But things really got bad for Uthman when he lost the support of the esteemed companion, Ammar ibn Yasir.

The antagonism against …

2-15: Uthman and The Quran

October 10th, 2016


One of the most troublesome spots in the Muslim world was the Iraqi city of Kufah. The people were fickle, restless, and never satisfied with their governor. Uthman had to change their governor no less than three times.

2-14: Uthman And Abu Dharr

October 3rd, 2016


Uthman has been accused of often appointing his family members to high positions. And in many instances that was true.

But some of his appointments were still very good, even if they were related to him. An example of …

2-13: Uthman And Egypt

September 26th, 2016


Uthman Ibn Affan has always been compared to others. Both during his lifetime and after, he has been compared to the Caliph that came before him and …

2-12: Assassination And Election

August 8th, 2016


We're back!

After a long hiatus, we discuss the assassination of Umar ibn Al-Khattab and the choice of Uthman as the 3rd Caliph of the Muslim world.

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2-11: Nihavand And Caltrops

April 11th, 2016


By 641, the Muslims had captured most of the Southwestern part of the Persian Empire.

This area contained the best and most fertile lands and would …

2-10: Alexandria And Fustat

March 21st, 2016


The Muslims arrived at Alexandria in July 641
It was perhaps the most magnificent and biggest city they've encountered so far
Alexandria was …

2-9: ’Amr And Cyrus

March 14th, 2016


  • The Romans, either from fear or incompetence, had done little to stop Amr during this time

  • Finally, they had to march out from Babylon to meet Amr …

2-8: Copts And Egypt

March 7th, 2016


  • In 451, 115 years before Prophet Muhammad, several men representing various facets of Christianity met in Chalcedon in modern Turkey.

  • They were …

2-7: Plague And Famine

February 29th, 2016

  • In 639, a plague broke out, originating in Nicopolis, or Imwas, in the modern state of Israel.
  • The city no longer exists as it was destroyed by …

2-6: 636 and 637 CE

February 22nd, 2016


Battle of Qadisiyyah was more devastating for the Persians than the Battle of Yarmouk was for the Romans
Their defeat at Qadisiyyah left the Persian capital exposed to Muslim forces
However, the Roman capital was …

2-5: Yarmouk And Qadisiyyah

January 25th, 2016


- Where we are so far
-- In 632 CE Prophet Muhammad died and Abu Bakr was chosen by the residents of Medina as the Caliph
-- Soon after, several of the Arab tribes that were allied with the Prophet rebelled against …

2-4: Umar and Syria

December 21st, 2015


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 …

2-3: Khalid And Persia

November 16th, 2015


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 …

2-2: Apostasy And War

September 28th, 2015


Reasons for rebellion
 - False prophets
 - Unwilling to pay Zakah
 - Dislike of central authority
 - Not fully invested in Islam
- Abu Bakr's …

2-1: Abu Bakr And The Caliphate

September 21st, 2015


Looking for Season 1? We have a separate podcast on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) called: The Prophet Muhammad Podcast.

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