What if the Umayyad Caliphate Reunited Today?

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The Umayyad Caliphate (more commonly known as the Arabian Empire) was one of the major Arabian Caliphates which were the main part of spreading the new religion, Islam. This empire lasted for 89 years which may not seem long but it achieved many things during this time. It would be very interesting to think about what would happen if the Umayyad Caliphate reunited today, to the exact same borders of its territorial peak in 705CE, which is what I am going to talk about here.


Population and Land

So, the first thing we need to think about is what the population and land the caliphate would have. To start off, it would have a giant population of about 665 million people which would put it in third place far ahead of the United States (331 million) but far behind India (1,380 million) and China (1,447 million). The caliphate would also have a massive land area of 4,300,000 sq miles putting it in 2nd place but far behind Russia (6.612 million sq miles).The capital city would probably be Damascus as it was the historical capital of the empire back in 705CE. The largest city in this caliphate would easily be Karachi with a population of almost 30 million people which is larger than the population of Israel, Palau, Nauru, and Cape Verde combined! Here would be the top 5 most populous cities in the caliphate.

1. Karachi (27,506,000)

2. Cairo (20,500,000)

3. Tehran (9,014,000)

4. Riyadh (7,033,000)

5. Baghdad (7,000,000)


Money and GDP

The next thing we need to think about is what the GDP and GDP per capita would be. First of all, the nominal GDP would be a staggering $5.34 trillion USD which would put it in 3rd place just ahead of Japan ($4.94 trillion USD) but well behind China ($12.238 trillion USD) and the United States ($19.485 trillion USD). The GDP per capita however would be quite low at only $8,027 due to the poor conditions in Syria and Iraq despite the very rich living standards in Qatar and the UAE. To make up for this though, the caliphate would be by far the largest oil producer as it consumes all of Saudi Arabia and Iran which have some of the largest oil reserves in the world.


Military Size

The next thing we need to think about is military size. It would start off with a mind-boggling 4.5 million active-duty personnel making it by far the largest army force in the world. For example, China has 2,695,000 active-duty personnel and the United States has 1,379,800.00. This shows that the Umayyad Caliphate would have more than both of them combined!


That about wraps it up there. I hope you enjoyed this new blog! It would be difficult to think about what it would do with this much power and wealth so let me know what you think! Also, thanks to RLL for giving me this idea but for now... Goooood Bye!

27 Comments
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Level 52
Mar 17, 2021
Nice
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 60
Mar 17, 2021
Yes! Finally a blog about Islam!
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Level 14
Mar 17, 2021
:D
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Level 14
Mar 17, 2021
Thinking that exact thing tbh
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
lol
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
Glad You liked it lol!
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Level 35
Mar 17, 2021
noice blog.
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
Thanks so much!
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Level 54
Mar 17, 2021
Amazing Blog!
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
Thank You!
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Level 60
Mar 17, 2021
An empire like this would never reunite today. The countries it spans across would never, not even in a million years, agree to unite. But nice blog.
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Level 60
Mar 17, 2021
But the title says "What if".
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Level 60
Mar 17, 2021
I know, I was just saying it's difficult to visualize this certain set of countries uniting with each other.
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Level 66
Mar 17, 2021
I agree. The branches of Islam are too divided, and several of these countries have completely different views from eachother.
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Level 14
Mar 17, 2021
Yeah, but the author is not saying they should reunite. They just made a blog to compare these facts about the Umayyad Caliphate if it was to reunite today vs other countries today.
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Level 54
Mar 18, 2021
People also thought same that this is last caliphate when Abbasid caliphate was collapsed by Mongols
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
That's true lol! Even I thought that until I did some research about the empire.
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
Yes thats true but I am not talking about how they would survive in the modern world if they united. I am just talking about the facts about them if they united. E.g. Their total GDP, Military Size, Yearly Salary, Capital City, etc.
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Level 43
Mar 17, 2021
That’s nice!
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
Thanks a lot!
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Level 54
Mar 18, 2021
Nice and good work. If they United, I think other Islamic countries such as Malaysia Indonesia and Kazakhstan will join it too
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 42
Mar 18, 2021
Great Blog. Note: Spain (Andalus) was controlled by Ummayad Caliphate. In the thumbnail it isn't.
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Level 62
Mar 18, 2021
Yeah I know. I was trying to find a picture on Wiki Commons showing that aswell but the current thumbnail is the closest I could find.
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Level 54
Mar 19, 2021
This will be good

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Umayyad-Empire.png

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Level 62
Mar 19, 2021
Thanks so much!