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read When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World The Rise And Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World The Rise And Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty characters è eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB يتناول هذا الكتاب تاريخ الدولة العباسية منذ بداية الدعوة العباسية فى خرسان على يد دعاتها المخلصين Somewhat interesting if a little dry at times Admittedly I picked this up because 1 it was on sale and 2 my knowledge of this time period and geography was based exclusively on Disney s Aladdin In a period of about 200 years from around the mid 700 ADs to the mid 900s the Muslim community ranging from Egypt in the west to the Himalayas in the east united under the Abbasid caliphate in an attempt to directly carry on the mission of the Prophet Muhammad The eastern territories comprised of modern day Afghanistan Kazakhstan etc were marked by mysterious and somewhat isolated civilizations living on a bleak and war torn landscape which of course is in great contrast to today where the area contains mysterious and isolated civilizations living on a bleak and war torn landscape It began with good intentions and at the caliphate s peak Baghdad was a thriving cultural economic and scientific capital In fact there plenty of magnificent palaces and shadowy thin bearded figures named Jafar Ever the philosophers one caliph ordered a validation of the Greek observation that the earth was a globe measuring 24000 miles in circumference A team of palace scientists measured the location of the pole star then walked in a straight line with a rope until the pole star had descended one degree For those of you unfamiliar with global geometry this is a distance of 66 and 23 miles To be sure they replicated the experiment in the other direction walking until they ran out of rope used the first time They stopped there and measured again the pole star had ascended one degree The Greeks were right and the western world wouldn t catch up for another 600 yearsEventually though spending would get out of control and a Turkish military coup combined with the destruction of fertile Mesopotamian farmland would spell the end of dynasties based in that area going back to 3000 BCRecommend to serious history nerds Don t expect to be entertained

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When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World The Rise And Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty

read When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World The Rise And Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World The Rise And Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty characters è eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB رن الأول الهجرى إلى خلافة الخليفة المكتفى وظهور منصب إمارة الأمراء بزعامة ابن رائق فى العام 936م 324ه Admirable scope and detail recounting the history of the Abbasid Caliphate from its founding in the mid 700s to the Anarchy at Samarra in the late 800s and exploring not just politics but culture too in the form of court poetry and the lives of women The structure was somewhat disjointed moving back and forth in the chronology which felt strange for a supposedly narrative history and often the book summarized events rather than analyzed their larger significance Still like all of Hugh Kennedy s pop histories this one provides a good overview of a lesser known era

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read When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World The Rise And Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World The Rise And Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty characters è eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB أمثال بكير بن ماهان وأبى سلمة الخلال وأبى مسلم الخراسانى فى بداية القرن الثامن الميلادى نهاية الق A number of people have commented that they found this a difficult read as the narrative jumps around rather than taking a smooth chronological flow and that sometimes information seems to be repeated I found myself agreeing at first until I got used to the style in which the historical narrative is alternated with chapters looking at aspects of Abbasid court life in which events are referenced but not necessarily explained in context until the following chapter Once I worked this out I went with the flow and really enjoyed the book as I fully expected to being a big fan of Hugh Kennedy s other worksIt has all the ingredients of a cracking read perhaps in a slightly idiosyncratic order but it does what it says on the tin The book provides a detailed narrative of the golden age of Abbasid rule from the overthrow of the Umayyads until the point in the late 9th Century at which the caliphs were reduced to figureheads by their Turkish soldiery It is a colourful account filled with incident and anecdote and extensive uotes from the contemporary sources which give a good flavour of the personalities of some of the caliphs courtiers and hangers on of the period Above all it brings home the obscene luxury and callous brutality of the caliphal court and the shear precariousness of existence Whether a prince a bureaucrat or a poet on the make the Abbasid court offered the opportunity for a meteoric rise to wealth and power and an eually meteoric plummet to torture disgrace and death when the wheel of fortune turned All of which is hugely entertaining stuff