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Kennedy, Hugh (Hugh N.)

Works: 60 works in 327 publications in 6 languages and 13,521 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Maps  Conference proceedings  Atlases  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Translator, Author of introduction, Publishing director
Classifications: DS38.2, 909.1 S
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Most widely held works about Hugh Kennedy
Most widely held works by Hugh Kennedy
The great Arab conquests : how the spread of Islam changed the world we live in by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
31 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 2,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the history of the great Islamic expansion, reveals how the Arab armies were able to overcome almost everything in their path, and brings to light the unique characteristics of Islamic settlement in new lands and the conversion to Islam of vast populations
When Baghdad ruled the Muslim world : the rise and fall of Islam's greatest dynasty by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
16 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a history of the Abbasid dynasty, the founders of Baghdad, and discusses the politics, military conquests, court life, palace bureacracy, culture, and arts which characterized the era
Building legitimacy political discourses and forms of legitimacy in medieval societies ( )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Italian and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume presents a selection of papers exploring the ways by which medieval powers sought to legitimize themselves, the political discourses through which this was effected and a wide range of related problems
The victory of Islam by Ṭabarī( )
12 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
History of Islamic Empire
Warfare and poetry in the Middle East by Hugh Kennedy( )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Part of the rich legacy of the Middle East is a poetic record stretching back five millennia. This unparalleled repository of knowledge - across different languages, cultures and religions - allows us to examine continuity and change in human expression from the beginnings of writing to the present day. In Warfare and Poetry in the Middle East leading scholars draw upon this legacy to explore the ways in which poets, from the third millennium bc to the present day, have responded to effects of war. The contributors deal with material in a wide variety of languages - including Sumerian, Hittite
The prophet and the age of the caliphates : the Islamic Near East from the sixth to the eleventh century by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
43 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Dr. Kennedy gives a full and clear account of the Near East in the formative period of Islamic society. Beginning with the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, he goes on to examine the great Arab conquests and the golden age of Islam from the eighth to the tenth centuries. The book closes with the period of political fragmentation in the tenth and eleventh centuries when the early unity was lost, never to be recovered."
The armies of the caliphs : military and society in the early Islamic state by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"During the Medieval period, the Middle East was a battleground in which the Umayyad and the Abbasids Caliphs fought for dominance of an empire that stretched from Spain to the borders of India. The Armies of the Caliphs is the first major study of the relationship between army and society in the early Islamic period, and reveals the pivotal role of the military in politics. -- Over the key period of 600-945, the Muslims developed a salaried, semi-professional army, dependent on the state for its livelihood. In this extraordinary survey, Kennedy shows how the army began to influence and eventually dominate the political system, and reflects on how the involvement of the military in Middle Eastern politics today has its origins in this period. Through an examination of recruitment, payment, weaponry and fortifications in the armies, The Armies of the Caliphs offers the most comprehensive view to date of how the early Muslim Empire grew to control so many people. Using Arabic chronicles, surviving documents, and archaeological evidence, this book analyzes the military and the face of battle, and offers a timely reassesment of the early Islamic State."
An Historical atlas of Islam = Atlas historique de l'Islam by William C Brice( )
40 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
CD-ROM contains: All maps found in printed version
Crusader castles by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
25 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Muslim Spain and Portugal : a political history of al-Andalus by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the first study in English of the political history of Muslim Spain and Portugal, based on Arab sources. It provides comprehensive coverage of events across the whole of the region from 711 to the fall of Granada in 1492. Up till now the history of this region has been badly neglected in comparison with studies of other states in medieval Europe. When considered at all, it has been largely written from Christian sources and seen in terms of the Christian Reconquest. Hugh Kennedy raises the profile of this important area, bringing the subject alive with vivid translations from Arab sour
Mongols, Huns and Vikings : nomads at war by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and French and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An illustrated examination of the role of nomads in the history of warfare, which discusses the weapons, tactics, and battles of the Huns, Arabs, Turks, Mongols, and Vikings. Includes maps, biographies, and a chronology
The early Abbasid Caliphate : a political history by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
12 editions published between 1981 and 1986 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The court of the Caliphs : the rise and fall of Islam's greatest dynasty by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"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 had once supported the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians." "Every element of his story is drawn from the original Arabic texts: 'the writers of the ninth and tenth centuries knew their rulers had their fair share of human frailties and were quite happy to describe them. To produce a sanitized and whitewashed version of history does no service to our understanding'. The rise and fall of the last great empire centred on the Tigris and Euphrates should be as well known as the histories of Ancient Greece or Rome."--BOOK JACKET
The Byzantine and early Islamic Near East by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The main themes in these papers are transition from the world of late antiquity to Islam in a greater Syria which includes modern Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, part of southern Turkey and the modern Syrian Arab Republic, relations between Muslim and Byzantine worlds, and the early development of administrative systems of Islamic state
The historiography of Islamic Egypt, c. 950-1800 by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"History writing in Islamic Egypt was highly developed and no country in the Middle East has a richer or more impressive tradition. This book is a collection of essays by leading scholars in the field, examining different authors, their works and the intellectual climate in which they flourished. Due prominence is given to the great historians of the Mamluk period (c. 1260-1517) but also to the less well-known writers of Ottoman times. The essays are also enlivened by insights into personalities and customs of the time." "This book will be of interest to historians of the Islamic world in mediaeval and modern times, and to all those who are concerned with history writing as an intellectual discourse."--Jacket
Muslim military architecture in greater Syria : from the coming of Islam to the Ottoman Period ( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Writing 'true stories' : historians and hagiographers in the late antique and medieval Near East by Arietta Papaconstantinou( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The papers in this volume examine the interaction between history and hagiography in the late antiquity and meadieval Middle East, exploring the ways in which the two genres were used and combined to analyse, interpret, and re-create the past. The contributors focus on the circulaation of motifs between the two forms of writing and the modifications and adaptations of the initial story that such reuse entailed. Beyond this purely literary question, the retold stories are shown to have been at the centre of a number of cultural. political, and religious strategies, as they were appropriated by different groups, not least by the nascent Muslim community. Writing 'true stories' also foregrounds the importance of some Christian hagiographical motifs in Muslim historiography, where they were creatively adapted and subverted to define early Islamic ideals of piety and charisma." --back of cover
Al-Ṭabarī : a medieval Muslim historian and his work by Hugh Kennedy( Book )
6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume of conference papers provides a discussion of the works of al-Tabari (d. 932 CE) the greatest historian of the early Islamic world. An international team of well-known scholars examine the life of the man, his work, the sources he used and his intellectual legacy. This book is the fullest discussion available of all aspects of the great mans work and will be of interest to all those who work on Islamic history and historiography
Monuments of Merv : traditional buildings of the Karakum by Georgina Herrmann( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The survival of the mudbrick monuments of Merv against all the odds is little short of a miracle. Mudbrick and rammed earth are not building materials famed for their longevity, rather for their economy. However, some buildings of the Merv oasis in the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan have survived for more than seven centuries and some, unbelievably, for a millennium. Mud was the building material of choice, wonderfully flexible and a superb insulator, ideal for the extremes of the Central Asian climate, and one used by the architects of Merv with ingenuity and virtuosity to construct a wide variety of vaults and domes. The survivng monuments include palatial residences, small houses, summer pavilions and watch towers, as well as the earliest examples of tall conical icehouses. Perhaps the most remarkable are the extraordinary corrugated buildings, which, like the icehouses, dominate the flat landscape of the oasis. These are a distinctly Central Asian type of building with a surprising dearth of parallels elsewhere. Merv's key position during the eighth and ninth centuries may suggest that these remarkable buildings originated in the oasis, and they continued to be built through the Seljuk period. They present a unique record of an otherwise lost architechtural heritage and are of such importance that they form a major part of Merv's application to UNESCO for World Heritage Status. Merv was, of course, one of the great cosmopolitan capitals of the day, a centre of learning, industry and of long-distance trade: it was strategically located on the Great Silk Road'."
Crisis and continuity at the Abbasid court formal and informal politics in the caliphate of al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) by Maaike van Berkel( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The reign of al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) is a crucial and controversial epoch in the history of the Abbasid empire. Al-Muqtadir's regime has traditionally been depicted as one of decline, when the political power of the caliphate and the lustre of its capital began to crumble. This book not only offers a substantial investigation of the idea and reality of decline, but also provides new interpretations of the inner workings of the court and the empire. The authors, four specialists of Abbasid history, explore the formal and informal power relationships that shaped politics at the court, involving bureaucrats, military, harem, courtiers and of course al-Muqtadir himself. A study of the topography of Baghdad completes this vivid picture of the court and its capital
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Ḳenedi, Hyu 1947-
Kennedy, H. N.
Kennedy, H. N. 1947-
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