The Buwayhid Dynasty in Iraq 334H./945 to 403H./1012: Shaping Institutions for the Future

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A study of the development of political and social institutions in Baghdad, center of the Abbasid Caliphate, in that neglected period between Abbasid collapse and the coming of the Seljuk Turks. Three brothers, Daylemite mercenaries from the southern Caspian succeeded in establishing a dynasty that lasted nearly a century, controlling Iraq, a good part of Iran and the Gulf. The period has been labled the "Iranian intermezzo" but careful examination shows that the dynasty shaped the basic institutions to which the...

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A study of the development of political and social institutions in Baghdad, center of the Abbasid Caliphate, in that neglected period between Abbasid collapse and the coming of the Seljuk Turks. Three brothers, Daylemite mercenaries from the southern Caspian succeeded in establishing a dynasty that lasted nearly a century, controlling Iraq, a good part of Iran and the Gulf. The period has been labled the "Iranian intermezzo" but careful examination shows that the dynasty shaped the basic institutions to which the Seljuks would fall heir: the chief amirate, the system of army fiefs and the bureaucracy. It was a period of profound change and dislocation which fostered an open and creative cultural atmosphere. The Caliphate, bereft of power, was re-established as the center of authority and legitimation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789004128606
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/27/2002
  • Series: Islamic History and Civilization Series , #44
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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John J. Donohue, Ph.D. (1966) in Arabic History, Harvard University, is Professor at St. Joseph University, Beirut, Director of the Center for the study of the Modern Arab World (CEMAM). He co-authored with John Esposito Islam in Transition (1982).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Amirate 13
Family spirit and recalcitrant cousins: the chief amirate institutionalized under the Buwayhids 13
Imamate or Caliphate 14
Confirmation of the Buwayhid Family Structure 18
The Reign of Mu'izz al-Dawla 34
'Izz al-Dawla (Bakhtiyar) 51
'Adud al-Dawla 65
Samsam al-Dawla 86
Sharaf al-Dawla 93
Baha al-Dawla 96
The Amirate Function and Doctrine 109
Ch. 2 The Vizierate and the Bureaucracy 131
The Buwayhid Vizierate in Iraq 136
The Buwayhid Bureaucracy in Iraq 183
Ch. 3 The Army 192
The leadership of the army 199
The place of the Daylamite-Jilite army in Buwayhid government 204
Baghdad: the prefecture of police and the Turkish garrison in the later period 207
Ch. 4 Provincial Government 211
City Centers and Tribal Preserves 211
The Bedouinization of Iraq; the role of the Arab and Kurdish tribes 218
Ch. 5 Land Administration 229
Soldiers, Bureaucrats and Tribal Chiefs 229
Depopulation 255
Ch. 6 The Caliphate 262
The Caliphate under the Buwayhids 263
The Caliphate of Ta'i': illusions of freedom 270
The Caliphate of Qadir 381H.-422H. Rediscovering orthodoxy 277
Ch. 7 Religio-Political Institutions: Judges, Syndics, and Witnesses 288
The Judge 289
The Shuhud 302
The Abbasid Syndics 303
The Talibid Syndics 307
Ch. 8 Social Organization 315
The Ulama 317
The Hanbalite School 318
The Shafi'ites 322
The Hanafite School 324
Other Legal Schools 327
The Shiites 329
The Schools of Theology 334
The Ahdath and the 'Ayyarun' 338
Conclusion 347
The Sources 355
Bibliography 357
Index of Subjects 367
Index of Persons and Places 371
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