The Umayyad Empire
Cross Roads of Civilisations
The Umayyad Empire is the largest Empire the world has ever seen.
Under the banner of a new religion called Islam, Arab tribesmen took advantage of the Byzantines weakening grip over Syria and moved northwards from the Arabian Peninsula to take Damascus in 634.
The new rulers of Damascus worked with Syria’s majority Christian population to establish a new empire.
At its peak, the Umayyad Empire stretched from the borders of China all the way to present day Spain with Damascus as its Capital.