Turning to factors internal to the Muslims

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Turning to factors internal to the Muslims, the most mundane are nonetheless important. The  Islamic  umma  was something with which tribal Arabs could identify. A super-tribe based on  allegiance to a leader who had demonstrated increasing success at beating opponents, the  prospect of raiding on a wider scale after 634 would be lucrative and quite attractive to them.  Often tribes as a whole came into the new religion, and were deployed and settled as such.  Beyond that, Arab fighters, on foot and horseback, were light and mobile, much more so than  their Byzantine or Persian counterparts. Not having population centers and always on the move,  it was impossible for Byzantine forces in particular to draw them into the kind of combat  conducive to victory. In such a situation, raiding success bred enthusiasm for continual conquest,  with over-extension not a danger.
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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