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Loyalty and Leadership in an Early Islamic Societyby Roy P. Mottahedeh
Synopses & Reviews
This classic study of 10th and 11th century society in Buyid Iran is published here for the first time in a paperback edition, revised with new material. Historian Roy Mottahedeh explains how Islamic society was able to function during the Middle Ages in a stable manner even without political institutions such as existed in the West.
Book News Annotation:
Concentrating on the Buyid dynasty that ruled in Iran and Iraq during the 10th and 11th centuries, Mottahedeh (history and Islamic studies, Harvard U.) portrays an Islamic society undergoing a great social upheaval. The first edition was published in 1980 by Princeton University Press. He has clarified a few matters that readers had misunderstood, substituting some anecdotes for others. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press.
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An updated classic study of 10th- and 11th-century society in Buyid Iran. Arguing that medieval Islamic society must be understood in its own cultural terms, the author explains how it was able to function in a stable manner without the type of political institutions familiar to the West.
Table of Contents
Acquired loyalties; loyalties of category; justice, kingship and the shape of society.
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