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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

March 17th, 624 - The Battle of Badr

Conflict: Islamic Wars

Combatants: Mecca vs. Medina

Location: Saudi Arabia

Outcome: Median victory

Eighteen months after his flight from Mecca to Medina, Mohammed and three hundred of his Moslem followers launched a military campaign against the Arabs from Mecca. On this day in 624, Mohammed's small army attacked a Koriesh Arab caravan bound for Mecca. Though outnumbered nearly 3-to-1, Mohammed's men routed the Meccans and seized the caravan.

Badr Council by unknown artist

Points of Interest:

  • Mohammed would attack and capture Mecca in 630.

  • Mohammed died in 632. His successor, Abu Bakr, would begin the expansion of Islam with invasions of Palestine, Syria, and Persia in 633.



Dupuy, Trevor N., Johnson, Curt, & Bongard, David L. (1992). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military Biography. New York: Castle Books (HarperCollins).

Dupuy, R. Ernest & Dupuy, Trevor N. (1993). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military History. New York: HarperCollins.

Eggenberger, David (1985). An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

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