At the city of Um Qais, Jordan we could see The Sea of Galilee off in the distance. To the left of the sea is Israel and to the right is Syria. A historic battle took place in the valley here that was instrumental in the spread of Islam. The place is also biblically significant as the place where Jesus walked on water. It was really special to be here because of my Christian faith but also because I am studying Islamic civilization at Jordan University this semester and we just finished reading about the battle in this area and the Muslim expansion in the 7th century.