Slaves on Horses
The Evolution of the Islamic Polity
By (author) Patricia Crone
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Slaves on Horses by Patricia Crone
Book DescriptionSlave soldiers are a distinctively Muslim phenomenon. Though virtually unknown in the non-Muslim world, they have been a constant and pervasive feature of the Muslim Middle East from the ninth century AD into modern times. Why did Muslim rulers choose to place military and political power in the hands of imported slaves? It is this question which Dr Crone seeks to answer. Concentrating on the period from the rise of the Umayyads to the dissolution of the 'Abbasid empire (roughly AD 650-850), she documents the consequences of the fusion between religion and politics in Islam, which she sees as an essential forging characteristic of the Muslim social structure and state. Primarily addressed to specialists and advanced students of Arabic and Islamic history, the book will also appeal to comparative historians and social anthropologists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521529402
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Patricia Crone
Pre-Industrial Societies, Paperback (July 2015)
A lively introduction to how society functioned prior to the Industrial Revolution
Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran, Paperback (March 2014)
This learned and engaging study casts new light on the nature of religion in pre-Islamic Iran.
Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, Hardback (November 2012)
Provides the context needed for understanding contemporary politics in the Islamic world and beyond. This volume focuses on the origins and evolution of Islamic political ideas and related subjects, covering central terms, concepts, personalities, movements, places, and schools of thought across Islamic history.
Martyrdom in Islam, Paperback (January 2007)» View all books by Patricia Crone
A fascinating history of the role of martyrdom in the Muslim faith.
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