Khalid ibn al-Walid: Profile of a Warrior

Khalid ibn al-Walid ibn al-Mughira al-Makhzumi (Arabic: خالد بن الوليد بن المغيرة المخزومي, died 642) was an Arab Muslim commander in the service of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the Rashidun caliphs Abu Bakr (r. 632–634) and Umar (r. 634–644). He played the leading military role in the Ridda wars against rebel tribes in Arabia in 632–633, the initial campaigns in Sasanian Iraq in 633–634 and the conquest of Byzantine Syria in 634–638.

Dr. Roy Casagranda explores the career of one of the greatest warriors in history. Khalid ibn al-Walid is essentially unknown outside of the Muslim world despite his brilliant victories. Dr. Casagranda ranks him with Thutmose III and Alexander the Great as having one of the three greatest military records.

Correction: Umar ibn al-Khattab didn't hate Khalid bin al-Walid but rather hate the idea that Muslims think they are unbeatable because of Khalid.


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