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The Prophet and the age of the Caliphates : the Islamic Near East from the sixth to the eleventh century

Author: Hugh Kennedy
Publisher: Harlow, England ; New York : Pearson/Longman, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"The Prophet and the Age of Caliphates is an accessible guide to the history of the Near East from c.600-1050 A.D., the period in which Islamic society was formed. Beginning with the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, Kennedy goes on to explore the great Arab conquests of the seventh century and the golden age of the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates when the world of Islam was politically and culturally far more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Kennedy
ISBN: 0582405254 9780582405257
OCLC Number: 55792252
Notes: Previous edition: 1986.
Description: xiv, 419 pages : genealogical tables, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The matrix of the Muslim world : the Near East in the early seventh century --
The birth of the Islamic state --
Conquest and division in the time of the Rāshidūn Caliphs --
The Umayyad Caliphate --
The early ʻAbbasid Caliphate --
The middle ʻAbbasid Caliphate --
The structure of politics in the Muslim Commonwealth --
The Buyid Confederation --
The Kurds --
The Hamdanids --
Bedouin political movements and dynasties --
Early Islamic Egypt and the Fatimid Empire --
The coming of the Seljuks --
Principle sources for the history of the Near East, 600-1050.
Responsibility: Hugh Kennedy.

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The definitive, authoritative history of the Near East from the time of Mohammed to the end of the Caliphates.  Read more...

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