Muawiya Bin Abi Sufyan
Making History from Damascus
Muawiya Bin Abi Sufyan was a member of “Banu Umayya”, a branch of the “Quraish” Arab tribe that ruled Mecca at the time of Prophet Mouhamad.
Having opposed the Prophet and the religion of Islam initially, “Banu Umayya” eventually accepted the new religion and were instrumental in its spreading.
After the taking of Damascus by the Muslim Arab tribesmen and the expulsion of the Byzantines, Muawiya was appointed as the governor of Syria in the middle of the 7th century.
His wise rule earned him the respect and loyalty of the indigenous Christian Syrians who made up the core of the army that went on to establish the Umayyad Empire.