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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

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

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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

Kosovo War

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 Conflict

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

Gullboddin Hekmatyar

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.

Barbary Wars:

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

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



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

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