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Great Caliphs The Golden Age of the 'Abbasid Empire

ISBN-10: 0300167989

ISBN-13: 9780300167986

Edition: 2010

Authors: Amira K. Bennison

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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 8/31/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration and Arabic Conventions
Introduction
A Stormy Sea: The Politics of the 'Abbasid Caliphate
The making of an empire
The Umayyads: Islam's first caliphal dynasty
The rise of the 'Abbasids
The early 'Abbasid caliphate
The Samarran interlude
The Shi'i century
The Saljuq sultanate and the 'Sunni revival'
The Crusades and the twilight of the caliphate
From Baghdad to Cordoba: The Cities of Classical Islam
Arab urbanism at the dawn of Islam
The first Muslim towns
Umayyad urbanism
'Abbasid imperial cities and their imitators
Provincial cities in the 'Abbasid age
Princes and Beggars: Life and Society in the 'Abbasid Age
Peasants and country folk
The people of the city
Women and children
The religious minorities
Beggars and tricksters
The Lifeblood of Empire: Trade and Traders in the 'Abbasid Age
Routes and commodities
Merchants and pilgrims
Trade facilities
Baghdad's 'Golden Age': Islam's Scientific Renaissance
The foundations of Islamic learning
The flowering of knowledge under the 'Abbasids
The 'Abbasid translation movement
Translations, translators and scientists
Knowledge and science after the translation movement
The 'Abbasid Legacy
Notes
Bibliography
Index