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Empire and Elites After the Muslim Conquest: The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization)by Chase F. Robinson
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The history of northern Mesopotamia from the Islamic conquests until the early Abbasids.
The study of early Islamic history has flourished in recent years. Chase Robinson's book takes full account of the latest research, interweaving history and historiography to interpret the political, social, and economic transformations in the Mesopotamian region after the Islamic conquests. Using Arabic and Syriac sources, the author focuses on the Muslim and Christian élites, demonstrating that significant social change took place only at the end of the seventh century. This is a sophisticated study at the cutting-edge of a burgeoning field in Islamic studies.
Chase Robinson's book takes account of the research available in early Islamic history, interweaving history and historiography to interpret the political, social and economic transformations in the Mesopotamian region after the Islamic conquests. This is a sophisticated study at the cutting edge of a burgeoning field in Islamic studies.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 172-199) and index.
About the Author
Chase F. Robinson is Lecturer in Islamic History at the University of Oxford.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Note on dates and citations; Map: the fertile crescent in the early Abbasid period; 1. Conquest history and its uses; 2. The seventh-century Jazira; 3. From garrison to city: the birth of Mosul; 4. A Christian élites in the Mosuli hinterland: the shaharija; 5. Islam in the north: Jaziran Kharijism; 6. Massacre and narrative: the Abbasid Revolution in Mosul I; 7. Massacre and élite politics: the Abbasid Revolution in Mosul II; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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