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The court of the Caliphs : the rise and fall of Islam's greatest dynasty

Author: Hugh Kennedy
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From a rebellion planned in a remote desert town to the founding of Baghdad in AD 762, the rule of the Abbasid dynasty was looked back on as the golden era of the Islamic Conquest. The Muslim world was ruled by a single sovereign, who waged war against the Byzantines and protected the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. For the last time in history, a mighty empire was based on the ancient Mesopotamian heartland that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Kennedy
ISBN: 0297830007 9780297830009
OCLC Number: 59265507
Notes: Formerly CIP.
Description: xxv, 326 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Revolution --
2. Mansur and his legacy --
3. Harun al-Rashid : the golden prime --
4. The war between the brothers --
5. Poetry and power at the early Abbasid court --
6. Landscape with palaces --
7. The harem --
8. Ma'mun to Mutawwakil --
9. Abbasid court culture --
10. High noon in Samarra.
Responsibility: Hugh Kennedy.

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'a remarkable narrative history of the Abbasids is...a major event and should be required reading for the Washington neocons and their Islamist theocon adversaries...[a] lively and compelling study.' Read more...

 
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