9780306814808

When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World : The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty

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  • ISBN13:

    9780306814808

  • ISBN10:

    0306814803

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/13/2006
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Summary

The "golden age of Islam" in the eighth and ninth centuries was as significant to world history as the Roman Empire was in the first and second centuries. The rule of Baghdad's Abbasid Dynasty stretched from Tunisia to India, and its legacy influenced politics and society for years to come. In this deftly woven narrative, Hugh Kennedy introduces us to the rich history and flourishing culture of the period, and the men and women of the palaces at Baghdad and Samarra-the caliphs, viziers, eunuchs, and women of the harem that produced the glorious days of theArabian Nights.

Author Biography

Hugh Kennedy has taught in the Department of Mediaeval History at the University of St. Andrews since 1972. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000. Professor Kennedy lives in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
List of Illustrations vii
List of Maps ix
Maps x
Genealogy xv
Timeline xvi
Foreword xix
1. Revolution
1(10)
2. Mansur and his Legacy
11(40)
3. Horan al-Rashid: the Golden Prime
51(34)
4. The War between the Brothers
85(27)
5. Poetry and Power at the Early Abbasid Court
112(18)
6. Landscape with Palaces
130(30)
7. The Harem
160(40)
8. Ma'mun to Mutawwakil
200(43)
9. Abbasid Court Culture
243(18)
10. High Noon in Somarro 261(36)
Notes 297(16)
Bibliography 313(4)
Index 317

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