Synopses & Reviews
Using Arabic, non-Arabic and newly available local Syrian sources, this richly detailed study examines the central events of medieval Islamic history: the fall of the Syrian Umayyad caliphate and the rise of the Abbasid state. As the Abbasids forged their new state from Iraq, Syrians raised their white banners of opposition and violently contested the changes that occurred under the Abbasid rule. As a result, the Syrian population quickly gained a reputation as uniquely contentious. White Banners traces the divergent fates of Syria s populace in their shift from center to periphery, rooting the many sources of Syrian contention in the nature of early Islamic provincial government. The book also provides answers to key questions concerning the history of medieval Syria: what strategies did the Abbasid government use to rule their new province? What was the fate of the Umayyads in Syria who survived the revolution? How did Syria s tribal-military elite cope under new masters? What pushed the common folk to violence?"
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-211) and indexes.