Synopses & Reviews
This book presents for the first time a clear narrative analysis of the central events of the Islamic domains between the rise of the Abbasids and the Salijuq invasion. It was a period of intense political and economic activity as the Abbasids extended their empire and gradually lost control of it; these years also marked the rise and fall of the Fatimid regime in Egypt and the growth of other regional power groups. The study is based on original sources and Dr Shaban challenges many received opinions.
Analyses the central events of the Islamic domains between the rise of the Abbasids and the Salijuq invasion.
An original and controversial reinterpretation of the history of the Abbasid regime from its successful takeover of power to its eventual downfall. The text examines the adjustment of the Arabs to the regime as well as their specific interests and activities.
Table of Contents
'Preface; 1. The Islamic revolution in its environment; 2. The emergence of Abu Bakr; 3. Umar and the conquests; 4. The breakdown of the Madinan regime; 5. Mu\'awiya and the second civil war; 6. The age of Hajjaj; 7. Moderate reform, radical reform and reaction: the reigns of Sulayman, \'Umar II and Yazid II; 8. Hisham: survival of the empire; 9. The collapse of the Marwanids; 10. The end of an era; Index.\n