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When Baghdad ruled the Muslim world : the rise and fall of Islam's greatest dynasty

Author: Hugh Kennedy
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st De Capo Press pbk edView all editions and formats
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The "golden age of Islam" in the eighth and ninth centuries was as significant to world history as the Roman Empire was in the first and second centuries. The rule of Baghdad's Abbasid Dynasty stretched from Tunisia to India, and its legacy influenced politics and society for years to come. In this deftly woven narrative, Hugh Kennedy introduces us to the rich history and flourishing culture of the period, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Kennedy
ISBN: 0306814803 9780306814808 0306814358 9780306814358
OCLC Number: 67982996
Notes: Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2004 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson as The court of the Caliphs.
Description: xxv, 326 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Revolution --
Mansūr and his legacy --
Hārūn al-Rashīd: the golden prime --
The war between the brothers --
Poetry and power at the early Abbasid Court --
Landscape with palaces --
The Harem --
Ma'mūn to Mutawwakil --
Abbasid Court culture --
High noon in Sāmarrā.
Other Titles: Rise and fall of Islam's greatest dynasty
Court of the Caliphs
Responsibility: Hugh Kennedy.

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Baghdad, Virtually nothing remains of the city of the early Abassid caliphs but this nineteenth-century drawing by Lieutenant J. Fitzjames, R.N., captures something of the atmosphere, the domes and Read more...

 
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