The Great Caliphs: The Golden Age of the 'Abbasid Empire

The Great Caliphs: The Golden Age of the 'Abbasid Empire

by Amira K. Bennison
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300152272

ISBN-13: 9780300152272

Pub. Date: 09/22/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

This accessible and informative history brings the classical Islamic world alive, illuminating its importance as the inheritor and interpreter of Greco-Roman traditions to the cultural history of Europe and America

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This accessible and informative history brings the classical Islamic world alive, illuminating its importance as the inheritor and interpreter of Greco-Roman traditions to the cultural history of Europe and America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300152272
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements ix

Note on Transliteration and Arabic Conventions x

Introduction 1

1 A Stormy Sea: The Politics of the 'Abbasid Caliphate 10

The making of an empire

The Umayyads: Islam's first caliphal dynasty

The rise of the 'Abbasids

The early 'Abbasid caliphate

The Samarran interlude

The Shi'i century

The Saljuq sultanate and the 'Sunni revival'

The Crusades and the twilight of the caliphate

2 From Baghdad to Cordoba: The Cities of Classical Islam 54

Arab urbanism at the dawn of Islam

The first Muslim towns

Umayyad urbanism

'Abbasid imperial cities and their imitators

Provincial cities in the 'Abbasid age

3 Princes and Beggars: Life and Society in the 'Abbasid Age 94

Peasants and country folk

The people of the city

Women and children

The religious minorities

Beggars and tricksters

4 The Lifeblood of Empire: Trade and Traders in the 'Abbasid Age 137

Routes and commodities

Merchants and pilgrims

Trade facilities

5 Baghdad's 'Golden Age': Islam's Scientific Renaissance 158

The foundations of Islamic learning

The flowering of knowledge under the 'Abbasids

The 'Abbasid translation movement

Translations, translators and scientists

Knowledge and science after the translation movement

6 The 'Abbasid Legacy 203

Notes 216

Bibliography 225

Index 235

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