Knowledge and Social Practice in Medieval Damascus, 1190-1350by Michael Chamberlain
In the Middle Ages, Damascus was one of the most important cities of Eurasia. Michael Chamberlain focuses on the city to develop a new approach to the relationship between society and culture in the medieval Middle East. He demonstrates how western concepts of legitimate order were inappropriate to an examination of Muslim city society, where it was the household, rather than the state agency or corporation, that held political and social power. By considering material from the Latin West and Sung China, the author places the Middle East within the context of medieval Eurasia.
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