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    Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest: The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization) (Hardback) By (author) Chase F. Robinson

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    DescriptionThe study of early Islamic historical tradition has flourished with the emergence of an innovative scholarship no longer dependent on more traditional narratival approaches. Chase Robinson's book, first published in 2000, takes full account of the research available and interweaves history and historiography to interpret the political, social and economic transformations in the Mesopotamian region after the Islamic conquests. Using Arabic and Syriac sources to elaborate his argument, the author focuses on the Muslim and Christian elites, demonstrating that the immediate effects of the conquests were in fact modest ones. Significant social change took place only at the end of the seventh century with the imposition of Marwanid rule. Even then, the author argues, social power was diffused in the hands of local elites. This is a sophisticated study in a burgeoning field in Islamic studies.


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    Title
    Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest
    Subtitle
    The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chase F. Robinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521781152
    ISBN 10: 0521781159
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3F
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS026000
    DC21: 956.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 1FB, 3F
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    LC classification: HN768.Z9 E47 2000
    DC22: 956.74
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    Thema V1.0: NHG
    Illustrations note
    1 map
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 February 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Chase F. Robinson is Lecturer in Islamic History at the University of Oxford.
    Review quote
    'This book is an excellent contribution to early Islamic history. By concentrating on a small area, almost a microcosm, which has a particularly rich historiographical tradition, Robinson has made a major contribution to our understanding of the more general processes of the formation of the Islamic state.' History 'For its intended audience... the book will no doubt be welcomed as an impressive and highly accomplished treatment of its subject. Indeed, it is at the cutting edge of contemporary scholarship on early Islam in many respects. The author's command of sources in exhaustive.' Elton L. Daniel, University of Hawaii '... rich in detail ... a definitive work ...' Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies
    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 elites 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 elite politics: the Abbasid Revolution in Mosul II; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.