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Slaves on horses : the evolution of the Islamic polity

Author: Patricia Crone
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1980.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Slave soldiers are a distinctively Muslim phenomenon. Though virtually unknown in the non-Muslim world, they have been a constant and pervasive feature of the Muslim Middle East from the ninth century AD into modern times. Why did Muslim rulers choose to place military and political power in the hands of imported slaves? It is this question which Dr Crone seeks to answer. Concentrating on the period from the rise of  Read more...
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Named Person: Omaijaden; Omaijaden.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Crone
ISBN: 0521229618 9780521229616 0521529409 9780521529402
OCLC Number: 5100928
Notes: Based on part of the author's thesis, University of London, 1973.
Includes indexes.
Description: ix, 302 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface; A note on conventions; Part I. Introduction: 1. Historiographical introduction; 2. The nature of the Arab conquest; Part II. The Evolution of the Conquest Society: 3. The Sufyanid pattern, 661-84 [41-64]; 4. Syria of 684 [64]; 5. The Marwanid evolution, 684-744 [64-126]; 6. The Marwanid faction; 7. Syria of 744 [126]; 8. Umayyad clientage; Part III. The Failure of the Islamic Empire: 9. The abortive service aristocracy; 10. The emergence of the slave soldiers; 11. The emergence of the medieval polity; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; General index; Prosopographical index.
Responsibility: Patricia Crone.
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Concentrating on the period from the rise of the Umayyads to the dissolution of the 'Abbasid empire (roughly AD 650-850), she documents the consequences of the fusion between religion and politics in  Read more...

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