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Book: Capitalizing Jerusalem

Chapter: Mu’awiya: Early History Prior to Bilad al-Sham

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.35911


Chapter 2 is a brief biographical chapter on Mu’awiya’s life and achievements in Arabia as scribe of the Prophet, monument builder and landowner prior to his departure for Bilad al-Sham or Greater Syria with the Rashidun caliphal army of Abu Bakr and Umar ibn Khattab between 634 and 638. Jerusalem surrendered in April 637, and Mu’awiya was appointed governor in 639 and was invested as Amir al-Muminin in 661 in Jerusalem remaining based in the region until his death in 680.

Chapter Contributors

  • Beatrice St. Laurent ( - bstlaurent) 'Bridgewater State University'
  • Isam Awwad ( - isamawwad) 'Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem'