The First Jihad
A military history of Islam
In 624 AD, two years after the followers of the prophet left Mecca, they defeated an army of their former home city at the Battle of Badr despite being outnumbered three to one.
Historian Richard Bell tells us that this victory was the moment when the Qur’an came together as a collection of sacred verses. So it is not a coincidence that this is also one…