Muslim History Portal
The Islamic religion originated in the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century. It quickly spread throughout the Middle East, and into parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. This page provides links to Islamic and Muslim History pages within the History Guy website, as well as selected Islamic and Muslim History Links and Resources throughout the internet. Resources on majority Muslim nations and peoples are featured.
Map of Muslim Conquests in the Age of the Caliphs
Afghan Civil War
Afghanistan War–Current war in Afghanistan involving al-Qaida and the Taliban
Annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian Crisis (1908-1909)–Catholic Austria-Hungary annexed mostly Muslim Bosnia from Turkish rule
Anglo-Iraqi Wars–A series of wars between Britain and Iraq (also involves Kurdish rebellions against the British in Iraq)
Anglo-Iraqi War of 1941-Conflict between mostly Muslim Iraq, and the British
Arab-Israeli Wars –This page shows a listing of conflicts between various Arab nations and the state of Israel.
Arab-Israeli Border Wars-
Attack on the USS Cole–al-Qaida attack on U.S. naval ship in Yemen
Third Balkan War-Involving Bosnian Muslims at war with Croats and Serbs
Bangladesh Army Mutiny of 2009-Army mutiny in a heavily-populated Muslim nation
Barbary Wars-America’s first wars in the Muslim world
Biography: Alhaji Umar Mutallab
Biography: Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi (d. 2004) was a Zaidi Shiite religious leader in Yemen. al-Houthi began the Shiite rebellion in northern Yemen known as the Sa’dah conflict, which began in 2004.
Biography: Saddam Hussein–Biography on the late Iraqi dictator
The Bombing of the U.S. Marines Barracks in Beirut (October 23, 1983)–America’s first major encounter with Islamic terrorism
The Second Chechen War (1999- Present)-Chechen Muslim rebels fight against Russia
Civil Wars of Chad-Chad is a largely Muslim nation enduring multiple civil wars since independence from France
Country Studies: Lebanon
The Crusades–A series of religious wars between European Christians and the Muslims of the Middle East, both Arabs and Turks
Economic and Population Data on Middle Eastern Nations
Gaza Strip Conflict/Gaza War- Palestinian-Israeli War of 2008
Greek-Turkish Conflict-Wars between Greek Christians and Turkish Muslims go back centuries. This page deals with the more modern conflicts between Greece and Turkey
Gulf War –America’s first war with largely Muslim Iraq
Gulf War Two (Iraq War)–America’s current war with largely Muslim Iraq
History of Yemen: Wars and Politics--Yemen is a Muslim nation on the Arabian Peninsula
India-Bangladesh Border War (2001)
Indo-Pakistani Wars –This page shows a listing of conflicts between India and Pakistan.
Inter-Palestinian Civil Wars and Conflicts–Conflicts among Palestinians, most of whom are Muslim
Iran-US Hostage Crisis (1979-1981)-Major international crisis between America and mostly Shiite Muslim Iran
Iran’s Baluchistan Rebellion (2003-Present)
Iran Election Protests and Violence 2009-2010
Iran War–Scenarios for an attack on Iran
Israel-Lebanon Conflict–Israel’s long conflict with Lebanon
Kashmir War Links–Most Kashmiris are Muslim, and seek separation from mostly Hindu India
Kosovar-Serb Warfare–Kosovars are Albanian-speaking Muslims who have a long history of war with the Christian Serbs
Kyrgyzstan Uprising 2010–Kyrgyzstan is a mostly Muslim nation in Central Asia
No-Fly Zone War–The war between the two Gulf/Iraq Wars
Saudi-Yemen Border Conflict (2009)
Six-Day War (1967)-part of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Somali Pirate Attacks
Somali Pirate Attack on Maersk Alabama
Suez War of 1956-part of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Taliban War in Pakistan
Terrorism: Attempt to Bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, 2009–A Muslim man from Nigeria attempted to destroy an American airliner on Christmas Day. He admitted being trained by al-Qaida in Yemen
U.S. Operations Against al-Qaida in Somalia (2006-Present)
War in Afghanistan: Operation Moshtarak/Battle of Marja
War in Western Sahara-Long territorial war involving Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, and the POLISARIO (Sahari) rebels, all of whom are part of the Muslim world
War List of Middle East Conflicts
Wars Between Israel and Syria: From 1948 to the Present
Wars and Conflicts of Lebanon
Wars, Conflicts, and Coups of the Philippines–Includes information on the was in the Muslim south of the Philippine Islands
Wars and Campaigns of Charlemagne-Charlemagne waged many wars against the Muslims in Spain and the Mediterrannean region
Wars of Iraq
Wars of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia-Includes wars involving Muslims in Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia
Wars and Conflicts of Thailand–Includes the Muslim Rebellion in Southern Thailand (2003-Present)
The War on Terror/Long War/al-Qaida War
Waziristan Revolt (1919-1920)-Muslim Waziri tribesmen rebelled against British rule in what is now Pakistan
Waziristan War–Also known as the Taliban War in Pakistan
Yemeni Tribal Uprising
Links and Resources for The War in Afghanistan:
Yahoo Full Coverage: Afghanistan–Updated news and links on the Afghan War.
Parties to the current civil war
Listing of Afghan Rulers–Includes short biographies of the Communist rulers (1979-1992) and the Mujahadeen/Taliban rulers (1992-Present).
Map of the War in Afghanistan--Good, easy-to-understand map of the Soviet phase of the war.
Map of Afghanistan–From the CIA’s World Factbook.
Biography of Afghan Political Figures–from Afghaninfo.com
Ahmed Shah Massoud
Afghan Civil War–From Afghanpedia.
AFGHANISTAN: PERSISTENT CRISIS CHALLENGES THE UN SYSTEM, August 1998–By Barnett R. Rubin, of Writenet Country Papers.
Mass Slaughter Of the Taliban’s Foreign Jihadists–article from TIME magazine documenting the fall of Mazar-i-Sherif.
Eyewitness to a Sudden and Bloody Liberation–article from TIME magazine documenting the liberation of Kabul from the Taliban.
The five warlords leading the fight to topple the Taliban–article from The Independent, a British media company. Nov. 13, 2001.
British soldier makes ‘ultimate sacrifice’ as he dies in Afghanistan on first day of Operation Moshtarak–Mail Online, Feb. 13, 2010
Afghan forces, citizens key to Marjah victory after battle ends–CNN, Feb. 13, 2010
U.S. Forces Prepare for Assault on Taliban Stronghold–U.S. Defence Dept.
Marines assault Taliban town in Afghanistan: Coalition deaths spike from roadside and suicide bombs–MSNBC, August 11, 2009
Obama Turns Focus to War in Afghanistan: A new offensive in the Helmand province is the first test of a new counterinsurgency strategy–U.S. News and World Report, July 2, 2009
U.S. launches ‘major operation’ in Afghanistan –CNN, July 2, 2009
Marines Move Out on New Mission –Washington Post, July 2, 2009
U.S. Marines Try to Retake Afghan Valley From Taliban –New York Times, July 2, 2009
Operation Strike of the Sword –Wikipedia Article
Muslim History Links and Resources Outside of the History Guy Website:
Kohn, George C. Dictionary of Wars. New York: Facts On File Publications. 1986.
Swords of the Marine Corps: The Mameluke Sword–An explanation of where the traditional Marine Corps sword originated.
The Marine’s Hymn–Looks at the origins of the Marine Hymn and the line “From the Shores of Tripoli.”
Barbary Wars–From Global Security.org.
First Barbary War–a Wikipedia article
Second Barbary War–a Wikipedia article
Victory in Tripoli: Lessons for the War on Terrorism–by Joshua E. London–Heritage Lecture #940, delivered on May 4, 2006
HISTORICAL RESOURCES BRANCH US ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY:SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY UNITED STATES MILITARY HISTORY: BARBARY WARS–Compilation of books and resources on the Barbary Wars.
A Very Bourgeois Would-Be Bomber–The Atlantic, Dec. 26, 2009
‘Hero’ Tells How He Foiled Jet Bomb Plot –SkyNews, Dec. 26, 2009
Restrictions Rise After Terrorism Attempt–New York Times, Dec. 26, 2009
Jet passengers overpowered would-be bomber–LA Times, Dec. 25, 2009
Statement by Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Sara Kuban–Dept. of Homeland Security Press Release, Dec. 25, 2009
Bomb Attempt on U.S.-Bound Flight : Man on Flight to Detroit Claims al Qaeda Ties; Obama Tightens Security–WSJ, December 25, 2009
September 11, 2001–
Osama bin Laden–Page detailing bin Laden and his network.
The Afghan Civil War–
President Bush’s speech of September 20, 2001–National address before a joint session of Congress.
News Links on Muslim Nations, Wars, and Issues
Thousands flee Pakistan valley as truce crumbles–Associated Press, May 5, 2009
Reports: Pak Army strikes in Waziristan–July 25, 2007
US points out 9 terror camps in Waziristan–July 25, 2007
60 dead in Pakistan border fighting –April 4, 2007