Lebanon The Umayyads

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Lebanon - The Umayyads

The umayyads

After the Battle of Yarmuk, Caliph Umar appointed the Arab Muawiyah, founder of the Umayyad dynasty, as governor of Syria, an area that included present-day Lebanon. Muawiyah garrisoned troops on the Lebanese coast and had the Lebanese shipbuilders help him construct a navy to resist any potential Byzantine attack. He also stopped raids by the Marada, a powerful people who had settled in the Lebanese mountains and who were used by the Byzantine rulers to prevent any Arab invasion that would threaten the Byzantine Empire. Concerned with consolidating his authority in Arabia and Iraq, Muawiyah negotiated an agreement in 667 with Constantine IV, the Byzantine emperor, whereby he agreed to pay Constantine an annual tribute in return for the cessation of Marada incursions. During this period some of the Arab tribes settled in the Lebanese and Syrian coastal areas.

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

Lebanon's History: Medieval Lebanon - ghazi.de
Umayyad Caliphate - Wikipedia
History of Lebanon under Arab rule - The Full Wiki
Sidon | Umayyad Route
Anjar AN Umayyad Archaeological Site Of Lebanon - GoToLebanon

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