Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest
The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia
By (author) Chase F. Robinson
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Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest by Chase F. Robinson
Book 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521028738
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Chase F. Robinson
Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives, Hardback (January 2017)
Beginning in Islam's heartland, Mecca, and ranging from North Africa and Iberia in the west to Central and East Asia, the author not only traces the rise and fall of Islamic states through the biographies of political and military leaders, but also discusses those who developed Islamic law, scientific thought, and literature.
Oxford History of Historical Writing, Paperback (August 2015)
A collection of essays from leading historians which explores the ways in which history was written in Europe and Asia between 400 and 1400.
New Cambridge History of Islam 6 Volume Set, Hardback (November 2010)
A six-volume history of Islamic civilization from the seventh century to the present.
New Cambridge History of Islam, Hardback (October 2009)» View all books by Chase F. Robinson
A political and cultural history of Islam from its Late Antique origins until the eleventh century.
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Author Biography - Chase F. Robinson
Chase F. Robinson is Lecturer in Islamic History at the University of Oxford.
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