Battle of Marj al-Saffar (1126)

Battle of Marj al-Saffar (1126)
Part of the Crusades
DateJanuary 26, 1126
LocationMarj al-Saffar, Near Damascus, Seljuq Empire (Syria)
ResultCrusader tactical success[1]
Belligerents
CrusadersBurids of Damascus
Commanders and leaders
Baldwin II of JerusalemSeljuqs Eagle.svgToghtekin of Damascus
Strength
UnknownUnknown
Casualties and losses
UnknownUnknown

The Battle of Marj al-Saffar was fought on January 25, 1126 between a Crusader army led by King Baldwin II of Jerusalem and the Seljuk Emirate of Damascus, which was ruled by Toghtekin. The Crusaders defeated the Muslim army in the field but failed in their objective to capture Damascus.

Background

After winning the Battle of Azaz northeast of Antioch, Baldwin II led an army of Franks to attack Damascus in early 1126. Baldwin's army consisted of the usual mounted knights and men-at-arms supported by spearmen and bowmen on foot. At Marj al-Saffar, 30 kilometers outside Damascus,[2] the Crusaders encountered the army of Damascus which offered battle. Toghtekin, founder of the Burid dynasty, ruled Damascus at that time.